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Hard to Swallow
June 23, 2016, 9:32 am
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barnswallow

June 23, 2016

We have a nice flock of barn swallows, but I have never seen nests such as these. Yesterday, I was at my Amish buddy’s house. There in the top of his horse barn were these nests. The parents were constantly flying in and out feeding the babies. They must have caught hundreds of flies while I stood there.

In my barn, the birds build their nest on top of a light fixture or attach it to a floor joist of the haymow. They leave a little room all around the edge to fly in an out. Seeing these nests built with the entry hole, amazed me. Try as I might, I wasn’t fast enough to capture a picture of the parents entering or exiting the nests. The little acrobatic fliers were to fast for this old man, but they were a lot tougher on the flies than on me…and that wasn’t hard to swallow!

 


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