Friday, July 4, 2008

Our Swallows

Having blogged about storks, it is only fair to blog about swallows. Tanya says the swallows have been nesting in the passage way between the house and outbuilding for 20 years. Their nest was constructed around the electric wire from the ceiling to the dangling lightbulb. Safe enough from cats but when we were putting in new windows this summer, the nest got knocked down. So they rebuilt it on the wall. Today we are putting ceramic tile on the floor and Mama Swallow is sitting on her nest totally oblivious to the activity and noise below her. When we paint, we will paint around the nest and leave the window open until the little ones are hatched and gone.

When my father was a young man doing spring ploughing, he would always plough around a duck's nest much to the dismay of my grandfather who believed in straight furrows. By seeding time the ducks would be hatched and gone. I guess we can do the same for swallows.

3 comments:

  1. I didn't know that about Grandpa. I like that story.

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  2. My favorite bird to paint is the swallow with their long, graceful tails, but I've never seen one in real life. Thank you!

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  3. Tanya said there are four little ones in the nest today so I will post pictures when I get home. I hope Kuchma the Kot doesn't get them when they leave the nest.

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