Whilst I’ve been clearing out the barn, a pair of swallows have been sizing the place up with a view to building a nest. Swooping around my head, chattering excitedly.
It must be three or four years since they last nested in there, as nest sites go, it has risks last time they only just ‘broke even’ on survivorship, despite raising two broods of chicks.
Darcey the cat is the main predator, although at 15 years of age she is not as spritely as she once was, she is still a hunter, but she has switched her preference from birds to rodents, she spends hours watching and waiting patiently
for something to emerge ( our other car, Dandy, can’t summon the energy to get out of his basket, baby rabbits used to be his thing, in his younger days.)
The other problem with the barn is the ‘shared access’ sometimes there is a queue to get through the ‘hen flap’
The swallows are building high up in the roof of the barn, so fingers crossed that all fledge safely; although I’m not sure they’ve factored into the risk assessment, the neighbours cat though. she is watching and waiting.
I love having the swallows nesting in the barn, (but not the mess, although the chickens are messy enough in their own right) there are far fewer suitable nesting sites than there used to be as, so many agricultural buildings have been converted to residential use. The challenge will be to photograph them on the wing. Watch this space.