Sunday, September 24, 2006

One Swallow does not a summer make ...

Looks like the Marr menagerie is about to get bigger. About this time of year, it's not uncommon to get swooped by a magpie or two, but we had a similar problem at the front door with, of all things, a swallow (see, it's only you rude minded buggers that took the title the wrong way).

We were just heading out the front door when a swallow ( a welcome swallow to be accurate) was just flying in - as we discovered, to build a nest on the detector right in the corner at the door. Nearly brained it with the flywire security door. Had another couple of incidents where the bird(s) have nearly flown in the door. Both swallows and Marrs are now more watchful when exiting via the front.

We considered discouraging them in case we ended up with a bit of a mess right on our doorstep, but what the hell, there could be much worse things at the door. The thought of a little family of swallows taking up residence in fact is quite appealing. We believe too, that if this nest works, they will probably come back each year. Apart from the constant interruption by people going through the door, it should be a nice, warm, protected and safe spot for them - and I would imagine they will get used to human traffic.

We'll just have to wait and see what transpires.

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