Lots of drama over the past week. We have a colony of barnswallows that live in one of our barns. Approx 25-45 individuals but they are hard to count. Plus tree swallows in nest boxes. What I am pretty sure is a Merlin has been coming around and driving them absolutely crazy. both Swallow species mob this bird. The fledglings are coming out and I assume the bird is trying to get one but I haven't seen one taken. the falcon may actually fly into the barn on occasion. The Merlin comes by at least 3-4 times a day and I can hear the general outcry from inside the house. The falcon doesn't seem terribly worried about the attack of the swallows but circles around as they fly all around him/her.
I don't recall this kind of predation over a long period from previous years. I wonder if egg laying will be reduced from the stress of these attacks. This is happening on South Hill near the intersection of King and Yaple Rd in Danby. You are welcome to check this out, just let me know in advance. Toby Dean -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --