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Old 05-14-2013, 04:44 PM   #511
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Very cool! Maybe you need to have a horse in it so there are flies for them to eat? Or maybe to leave the doors open so they can nest inside? I could loan you a horse for a few months when my daughter goes to college if you want to try the experiment...the manure would be good for the garden, too...and she wouldn't eat too many of your plants!
Thanks for the offer, but I don't think Jeff would go for it.

Maybe we could just put in some manure and open the windows?

Oh well, I did put up little shelves under the eaves our second year here. No luck.

(It still hasn't quite sunk in that we actually do have a barn.)
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Maybe they just haven't found you yet. Are there other barns around? Perhaps you just need to scatter some hay around, and walk around with a halter and say "tut, tut, where is that horse?"
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Maybe they just haven't found you yet. Are there other barns around? Perhaps you just need to scatter some hay around, and walk around with a halter and say "tut, tut, where is that horse?"
LOL!

From what I've read, once there is a colony, the birds don't look for other sites--until it is too crowded or disappears, I guess.

There are other barns around. The neighbor has one that *is* open, and I've never seen any barn swallows there, so I have to assume I'm out of luck for now. Even if the neighbor had them, I'd get to see them sometimes.
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I spotted another migrating visitor to my backyard this morning. A black and white warbler! That brings my backyard species list up to 59 species
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I spotted another migrating visitor to my backyard this morning. A black and white warbler! That brings my backyard species list up to 59 species
Congratulations.

You make me realize that I need to make a species list! ...What has taken me so long?
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More new visitors to my backyard this weekend. Common yellowthroat, yellow rumped warbler, and American redstart.
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I want to come and visit Recurve during migration sometime! Very cool birds!

I have a greater crested flycatcher hanging about my woods for the past few days. My windows look out into the tree canopy, which is probably the only way I get to see him. No photos yet, but I am trying...
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No flycatcher photo, but a nice nuthatch.
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Today I saw:-p1060800.jpg
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