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Return of the Swallows

There are many birds that gather in my yard throughout the year, however there is one that I favor. You'll not find her at the feeder like the others on the dole. I think her mama taught her the value of self-sufficiency. She and her faithful hubby (Oh how that guy is trained) have come back to their love nest on my front porch, knowing they are welcome. She taught him how to fix it up and he worked hard at the job so it looks like new. Anything at all she wanted, he was more than willing to tackle. Their nest abuts the ceiling, so I bump my head before I can see if the shells have broken and the little ones have put in an appearance. Once here, their mouths will open and will never close again until they are as big as their parents. Its gnats and gnats and more gnats that keep their parents slaving. She tells him they have mouths to feed, and there is not time for stopping. While he is gathering their food, she is shoveling it into their wide open beaks and then passes him when he returns. The feeding job is his to continue. Mama is now on the hunt. They are both proud of their well fed offspring. She grabs all of the mosquitos that her little beak can hold and now her faithful mate is going out for more. You will not find better parents, human or other wise, than these precious little swallows. You would think they would be happy when their youngsters leave their nest, but they turn around and start another family. Any villainous mosquito,won't have a chance to do me harm,with these vigilantes on the job. I will miss them when they leave this fall but they will be back again in March or April of the coming spring.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2011




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Date: 3/11/2011 1:55:00 AM
A most beautiful bird in flight is the Swallow, as is the Swift Joyce. As Carolyn mentioned below, it's good to see they keep the Mosquito's at bay. Have a lovely weekend....:)
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Date: 3/10/2011 12:17:00 AM
Joyce, this is charming. I wish you were here to tell me what MY birds are . It could be I have swallows too but I looked online for what they were and could find not one picture that exactly matches what I am seeing. Anyway, maybe those ones I saw have not been the same ones coming back spring after spring! Luv, andrea
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Date: 3/6/2011 2:16:00 PM
I wish more "mother birds" would give their offspring the motivation the swallow gave hers. And I didn't know these birds ate mosquitos. Please send a flock to Florica -- we could use the relief. Cute reference to birds living "on the dole." Really enjoye the philosophy behind this poem and the way you made it relate to people as well as birds. Love, Carolyn (Soup Mail in a second)
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Date: 3/6/2011 12:08:00 AM
sweet observations from your home,joyce i have enjoyed reading, i am sorry i caused you confusion with my request i decided to start the contest at 2'30 in the morning u k time, it was after familiy and freinds were over and a meal and drinks.! it is 7 in morning now, Sunday.
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