Barn swallows in our house at Pumpjack Piddlewick

For some inexplicable reason barn swallows have decided they like our hallway versus our barn. Go figure. They like to swoop in and out the cat opening in our back door. What daring teases. The cats like to sit on the stairs and watch this. We thought it best to open the door fully and keep it propped open. Now they swoop in at head height. A tad safer.

Sometimes they fly up the stairs and we find one (usually the male) sitting on our hot water tank in our bathroom. Lapsong, our grey tiger cat, in particular likes to let us know he is there by sitting in the middle of the bathroom, staring upwards and chirupping (that’s the actual sound). We now keep the bathroom window open too. At moments like this I feel like a stewardess, ‘In the event of a cat chasing you, your nearest exits are here, here and here’.

For something so small they sure can make themselves heard. Who needs an alarm clock when you have barn swallows? Pre-dawn and apres-dusk bring on quite the chorus.

This is now the third year they have come to lay their eggs and hatch baby barn swallows, returning to the same nest each time. The nest is high up in the back corner of our downstairs hallway. They made use of some old exposed wires in our yet to be restored hallway to rest the nest on.

The male particularly likes to sit on one of the wires and watch over the coming and goings. Must be an enthralling spot. The female has been sitting / brooding for some time now, so we are anticipating little ones any day now.

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