We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Saw a flock of around a dozen this morning which I believe are the first arrivals here from their home grounds in Central America. These acrobatic fliers are the most common of American swallows. If you have an open barn, you will get their poo all over your tractors and stuff. We would always put a tarp over the tractor.
You can read about these cool birds at All About Birds: Barn Swallow
I also saw my first Tree Swallow of the season this morning.
We live in a wooded area in a state known for having termites. House is treated, but that doesn't stop them from swarming is a colony is still alive. Last year there was a very large swarm near the house and all of a sudden dozens of barn swallows came from who knows where as we don't have any barns. They flew and swooped in the air eating as many termites that were swarming as they were able to consume. It was just about biblical and beautiful to watch them doing their duty to consume the destructive insects. After they had eaten as many as the could catch they left and I haven't seen them since. Thank you God and nature.