Thoughts and pictures of my wanderings through the Allegheny Mountains hunting grouse and woodcock with my Ryman-type English Setters during the fall and winter months, fishing for smallmouth bass in local streams and rivers during the summer months and wandering over my 66 acres of heaven year round.
For as long as I can remember in my 61 years there has been dozens of pairs of Barn Swallows call this old barn home every summer. This morning only two pair came to feed off the insects that took to the air as I mowed the pasture. What tragedy could have occurred either on their migratory journey or in their winter nesting site? I can only hope that they will over time rebuild their population and continue to use this old barn for their summer nesting site as they have done for all these years.
A Tree Swallow in the HogBack box keeping a close eye on me.
. I'm always amazed at the feathers they find to line their nests.
A peek into the Plum Tree box shows these chicks growing quickly.
The Locust Field box. I only put this box up about a month ago and figured it wouldn't be used this year. I was wrong.
She had 3 eggs last Sunday. I need to check it today to see how many she has laid.
Last year was the first year that I had Tree Swallows nest on my land. This year I'm delighted to have 3 boxes being used by them in the Back40 and think that a pair are going to use a box in the Home Orchard soon.