Friday, July 4, 2008

A shared dislike.

The Barn Swallow-permeable border. (Happy 4th of July!)

Between Canada Day (July 1st) and today, the 4th of July, people have wanted to get rid of Barn Swallows on both sides of the border. Non-fans of Barn Swallows live in places including:

Tulsa, Oklahoma; Ettrick, Wisconsin; Regina, Saskatchewan; Little Rock, Arkansas; Syracuse, New York; Utica, New York; Surrey, British Columbia; Donnybrook, North Dakota; Bismarck, North Dakota; Perham, Minnesota; Lubbock, Texas; Miller, Missouri.

A widely-annoying bird! And a common thread tying two great nations together.

Sorry.

2 comments:

swamp4me said...

Ah, but there are those of us who love the little devils. What's a mud nest or 20 when you can enjoy the antics and conversation of such an exuberant beastie? I say we rally for the support of barn swallows everywhere!

Hugh said...

Yes! And last night I saw an episode of The Nature of Things that was filmed in a number of rural (fantastically beautiful!) parts of China. In a rice-growing region, the people leave at least one window open to let swallows nest inside their houses. They were Red-rumped Swallows, which look as though they could be a sister species to Barn Swallows. Wonderful!