The Pros and Cons of Barn Swallows

Squatters, Photo by A.Hardy, April 2013
Squatters, Photo by A.Hardy, April 2013

It won’t be long until our Barn Swallows return to their mud nests for spring and we are so thankful they remember how to get to our house each year.  The complaints I get about these birds are they’re so messy, they dive bomb me and my pets and their chirping is so loud.  But before you go so far as to knock down their nests, listen to the link below and see how many insects, including the dreadful mosquito, that each bird eats hourly, daily & monthly…it’s mind boggling.  To help with the mess we put a large piece of square tile under each nest that collects their calling cards & can easily be picked up, washed off and replaced as needed.  After listening to the voice-over below, I think you will agree that having Barn Swallows is a blessing and nature’s incredible insect/pest control that is TOTALLY ORGANIC!

(You may need to copy the links below into your browser to view.)

http://birdnote.org/show/barn-swallow-natural-pest-control

For more information on Barn Swallows see the link below.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barn_Swallow/lifehistory

Habitat Seminar, Feb 27th on Grass/Sand Burs & Spring Maintenance

ORWMA President R. C. Lumpkin and Habitat Chairperson Vernon Wallace are pleased to present our first Habitat seminar of 2016: 

Please join us at 10 AM, Saturday, February 27th, Oakridge Community Center.

Presented by Stephen D. Janak, County Extension Agent – Agriculture & Natural Resources, Colorado County, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service. 

Program Topic: Control of Grass/Sand Burs and Other Spring Maintenance. 

This should be an interesting and informative session.  Hope to see you all there!