Well, I’m back on grid and it is time for a couple more entries that cover the comings and goings of the Paca Pride Guest Ranch project! So let’s start with some new neighbors who swooped on in and decided to stay for a while.
This would be Stan and Marty, they are the barn swallows that have taken up residence in the rafters of our new barn. So far, the mosquito population has seen a dramatic decline. Just a few weeks ago there were plenty to be seen. (We’ll see how the bird poop goes).
They are conditioned enough to recognize us and will swoop around the barn until we get the door open. Then they will dive on through and up to the rafters. They chirp and warble some greetings then take up station and watch us work. Throughout the day they will circle around, eat some bugs, and follow our activity. It’s like a nice gentlemen’s agreement: we stir up the mosquitos, they eat them.
Glenn named them Stan and Marty. While it is difficult to tell the difference between the two, not noticing any color or size traits that indicate male or female, Glenn says that Marty can go either way. So I’ll send the pictures to a friend of mine who is quite involved with bird watching and we’ll see if we can tell.