Monday, May 24, 2010

Shutterbug:Learning to Fly

 One of my favorite annual events is the return of our swallows each year. They have made their nests on our porch for years. There is a nest in each corner of our wrap-around front porch, they have now spread to the back porch and the tractor barn as well.

My favorite nest is the one right by our front entrance, the generations of swallows who have filled it are not afraid of us and the babies like to watch our comings and goings. As they begin to fly, they like to swing on our wind chimes. This year we have noticed that the butterflies like to chase the little swallows as they dip and dive through the air. I love their chatter outside our windows and their patterned flights over all the pastures and barns.

The swallows stay all Summer helping with insect control and then, just as they appear overnight, they disappear one morning. We will wake up and they are gone and I'm sad for a day or two, but I know in my heart that they will make their way back again next year.  Swallows will always be welcomed guests here at Feed me Farms. In fact, we will always keep the porch light on for them.

12 comments:

  1. Love this post. I'm also from Texas. My parents live on 11 acres which they have left largely untouched. There are numerous bird and squirrel feeders and evenings find my father heading out with old canteloupes, bad watermelons, and any other treats the resident wild doe (aka "Penelope") and her family might enjoy, along with their mineral block and corn. My father is regularly buzzed by owls and, in the spring, the resident owls run a flight school for the owlets. An awesome sight.

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  3. What little cuties...I have never seen pictures up close like that before...How cute! We miss Texas!

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  4. We love these little birds too! They nest everywhere, but my "scratching head" nest is in one of our garage door openers. We haven't shut the garage in ages! They love to follow me on the tractor, as I mow, and the funniest fellow dive bombs the pool, picking out bugs, even when the dogs (border collies) are taking their daily dip. Really cool blog you have!

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