I carried my coffee, a lemon teacake, and some cherries outside to enjoy the peaceful, quiet morning.
barn swallow nest was mostly on the ground.
However, I couldn't ever remember hearing of barn swallows tearing down their nests.
Then the door closed, and I saw this:
feathers everywhere I want to be seeing!
As I was cleaning up the sad mess, one of the swallows swooped in angrily. However, I didn't commit the murder. I'm guessing the culprits were....
I also now know why the Nanching cherry tree is still loaded instead of decimated by the birds.
I'd seen some of the feral cats my neighbor feeds up on her 8 ft wall. So now I understand how one of those cats was able to leap at the swallow's nest and knock down it down and leave the mess behind. While I was outside, one of the cats captured a bird that was sitting in the cherry trees. I sooooo wish my neighbor would stop feeding those cats! I love sweet cats when they are pets, but I do not like them when they are wild and prey on birds--especially when they are being fed and don't need to prey! (Yes, "cycle of life." I grew up on a farm and understand that--and it's much easier for me to accept when their purpose it to prey on the rats that like to come to the barns and cribs.--I don't like it when they prey on birds, and wonder if that's why I've been hearing less birdsong. Besides, every single one of our barn cats were also our pets.)
Okay, enough of the Independence Day Murder. I'm going to go make a bit of pasta salad to enjoy later--along with more bright red cherries!
Happy family and friend gatherings.....and happy quiltmaking to those able to enjoy some of that today as well.......