I hope this gets through to a bird person called Trish.
I have only just got connected to the Bird Table News because I needed to know more about swallows.
Like you, I am fascinated by them and very privileged to have had them nesting.
They first arrived 15 yr ago and gave us a lesson in life. Our first couple bred 4 chicks and after sussing out their poo patterns, we worked out when they fledged.
Best of all was when Mum+Dad returned every night to the rafters +their offspring followed suite without fail. returned to help them feed the 2nd brood.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, this year , we have had our best ever year , with 30 fledglings.Big Daddy arrived 3rd week April. Offspring+wife soon behind + for 1st time we had 3 simultaneous nests (twice over ).
most are now doing the telegraph wire bit , but there’s a late brood with tiny chicks that I’m worried about.
will let you know .
by the way we live in wet Wales next to a cattle field.with plenty of flies.
just wanted to let you know that the fllies like the cow-pats :particularly rich this year after all the rain!
I have also wanted to get info about migration
via a really lovely book called “A single Swallow” written by a young friend of mine -Horatio Clare.,
I actually visited a professor in South Arica who has done research with “ringing”.this year. I told him I could and would willingly help him as all our birds fly though a little window we have kept without glass on the garage door.
I simply love the fact that they are with us + are part of the family!
The above is a interesting swallow breeding information. I was wondering –
Cows attract flies.
Many, many dairy herds are having to be sold because farmers cannot make any money.
Instead of grass fields to feed cows there may be corn fields
Could this contribute to less feeding for swallows?