For the past couple of weeks, my yard has been filled with constant twittering. The barn swallows have fledged.
Barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) are expert flyers and insect catchers, but they’re not born with those skills. It takes practice to swoop and dip and dive, and the young are doing their practicing over our lawn.
At first, the fledglings would sit on a wire and wait for a parent to return and stuff their little gullets with insects. Now they’re hunting on their own – albeit with parental guidance and support.
I love these birds for many reasons, including their capacity for devouring large numbers of mosquitoes. It looks like they’ve had a banner nesting season, too. Good for them, and good for us, because we benefit from free pest control! For more information on barn swallows, go here.