Friday, July 13, 2007

Swallows


This year we were fortunate to host a nest of barn swallows, in one of the horse stalls. They built their nest right on a spot light. Oddly one of the horses chooses to stand directly under the nest so lumpy white bird shit must be washed from her daily.

The swallows would always chirp when ever I entered the stall for cleaning or feeding. Their parents kept close by and zoomed in to make sure I didn’t disturb the nest as soon as I left.

I checked them this morning and they were gone. The five of them got big very quickly and have left the nest. It amazes me that they can go from egg to relative adulthood in just a couple of weeks, yet some humans don’t leave the nest until they are in their 20. Humans can’t even wipe their own asses until they are around four years old. What’s up with that?

10 Comments:

Blogger Hahn at Home said...

I had some on my old wrap-around porch in Omaha, until a cat got mamma.

My mom bought a rural property 15 years ago and has had them on her porch every year. She's sure it's descendants of the original bunch.

One of your little babies will be back next year.

Oh, and 20s? My half-brother barely made that deadline, getting his ass out at 29. Don't get it how the second-tier kids get away with so much that wouldn't have been tolerated with the older set of kids.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

We're hosting a wasp's nest.
I'd far rather have birds.

My own "nest" is still quite full. Gotta love them!

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We kept the house here my great grandparents bought in 1906 for 90 years..under an eave that faced the morning sun, there was a whole the size of a fifty cent piece that for as long as I can remember served as an entrance to a secure nesting site for the little yearly vistors to raise a brood. Anyone coming and going from the front door was greeted by a chorus of peeps and cheeps or a flyby by mom and dad.

8:04 AM  
Blogger All Mod Cons said...

We crap in the loo, and HAVE to wipe our butts. Birds, however, just crap anywhere. Including on humans.

I'd LOVE to just crap anywhere! Especially on the last bird that caught me!

Actually...I've just thought about that "crapping anywhere" comment...probably a good idea that we don't. Could you imagine the mess on some buildings!!

11:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you imagine the mess on some buildings!!


sure would cut down the amount of people going barefoot at Sunday Market too

11:49 AM  
Blogger Thom said...

Good thing you noticed the nest. That would be an easy way to burn down a barn.

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I go barefoot everywhere BUT Sunday Market.

Guy, you sure take nice photos. Wish I had a camera.....

2:21 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Lori, that's how they knew Jesus was Irish, 33 years old, still lived with his mother, didn't have a job and thought he was God.

Beth, time to start dropping hints. Mommy is going to want to start dating again one day.

Anon, looks like something to look forward to every year. I hope mine come back.

All mod cons, and if you think you've been in disgusting bathrooms before, wait until you see our streets.

Don't get me started on Sunday Market..oh that's right I wrote about that yesterday...

Thom, you will always be a fire fighter, won't you? That is on a florescent spot light bulb. It doesn't get very hot, and I only use it in the winter when I take care of the animals in the dark.

OK Anon, I found the software today and you will soon have a camera of your own.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Anon, this place of ours was built in 1906 too. Got tired of fighting to keep critters out, so built a section of attic into a "bat apt" that's sealed off from the rest. Also got a place for squirells, and scores of birds nest everywhere they find a place. Most have gotten so tame they'll come almost close enough to hand feed. Haven't had mosquitos for ages between the bats and spiders. Only bad part is the occasional un-sealing and clean-out of the bat house:)
Guy, ain't nature great? Always amazes me how quickly some ctitters become adults:)

2:56 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Mike, I have some up coming articles on local wildlife in and around the home.

8:12 AM  

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