Skittles has been running a meme called Heads or Tails for some time now and this week the theme is Motion.
I have been watching lots of motion the last few days as there are several barn swallows swooping and diving in over our property . They appear to be deciding on which of the many boxes my husband had built and put up under the eaves of his workshop several years ago. They have been checking out the real estate for a couple of days now but this afternoon I saw the first furnishings of straw arrive so I guess it is a done deal with at least one of the boxes.
I hope they settle, and bring family and friends, because it is estimated that swallows eat 1000 bugs per day and bug season is just about upon us and as we are surrounded by trees and bush we have a lot, especially black flies. We have been hoping for over five years, when he built the boxes, for summer visitors but this is the first year they have come.
Every year thousands of swallows arrive and nest down in the village but they have never made their way up the hill to nest, we are about another 600ft up from the village and that seems to have been a problem, I don’t know why. We are both quite excited about it and look forward to watching them and the babies.