July 21, 2015

Aw dude, you stink!

Hey it's not my fault. Mom gave me a caterpillar. You know what happens when I eat caterpillars.

We have barn swallows nesting in the peak of our roof, just under the eaves. It has been fun watching them grow.

Hirundo rustica

According to legend, the Barn Swallow got its forked tail because it stole fire from the gods to bring to people. An angry deity hurled a firebrand at the swallow, singeing away its middle tail feathers.

The oldest known Barn Swallow in North America was 8 years, 1 month old.

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