This story in pictures really touched me...

Wynette

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
12 Years
Sep 25, 2007
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It gives me a new respect for the barn swallows that are inhabiting my barn now...I've been so annoyed with them, building their nests in the rafters. They've always done so under the lean-to before this year, and I've been leaving the barn doors open 24/7 (something I don't like to do) so they can fly in & out. I'm not going to complain any longer.
 

HenPen

Songster
10 Years
Apr 29, 2009
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New Hampshire
It touched me as well,poor babies...if only people would put such devotion into their relationships.....Thank you for sharing.
 

Birch Run Farm

Biddy up!
11 Years
Sep 5, 2008
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VERMONT
Yes, they do know when a friend, mate is missing/gone. One of my cats is missing, presumed dead. Her daughter does nothing but cry. They are/were 13 years old, never seperated. I suspect a coyote or fisher killed Zena.
 

Friend of Feathers

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 5, 2009
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East Central, MO
Awe! That is such a sweet, but sad story. We have, what I guess is a mated pair, of Swallows that built a nest right on the side of our house above the front door. I was going to remove it after the babies grew up, but I think I'll leave it if the same pair will continue to use it. I didn't know they paired up like that. I'm going to do more research on it. I have a new-found respect for my front door dwellers.
 

English Chick

English Mum
11 Years
Jun 27, 2008
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Cheshire UK
I never ever move the nests of the migratory Swifts that come here every year to mate and raise their young, I find them a delight to watch as they fly through the sky, usually trying to dive bomb me if they think I am getting to close to their nests..Love them........

Thanks for sharing Wyn .
 

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