Barn swallows delay, create headaches for Darou Farm site demolition http://bit.ly/1YCdcbx
I had noticed that deconstruction had stopped. Who knew why? Local reporter: Desmond Devoyknows! He was at the council meeting. There have been issues.
|Barn swallow nest - courtesy Nancy Tapley|
|This is a tree swallow.|
I haven't seen a barn swallow!
Barn Swallows are endangeredThe Ministry rules say that an alternate nesting habitat must be created, and left there for two years. They nest between May and August. You have to do a report: 'Barn Swallow Mitigation and Restoration Record." Barn swallow build nests with mud, they want unpainted wood. They nest under eaves, sheds, barns, and bridges. There is another shed in Ottawa, we noticed it on one or two of our 49 trips to see a physician. They are lovely song birds, feisty bug-eaters!
It slowed down the work on the Jockvale bridge:
Then there are the structures by the Ottawa River:
And this horrible story:
The swallows had built two nests under the old bridge where Jockvale Road crosses the Jock River. The bridge was set for demolition to make room for a bigger new bridge, but the ministry stopped the work because barn swallows are endangered.The next day, birders and reporters went to the site and found the birds had disappeared. Rumours are, they were shot.
• One email concerning the shooting has been withheld by the ministry, which says it could identify the tipster.
I have only seen them at Bondi Village, but I didn't snatch a photo! Nancy, of course, has a barn, and she has barn swallows who nest both in the barn and in her boathouses! They are pretty little things.
My blog buddy, Margy in B.C., who lives on a houseboat, as is famous herself, shared some photos, as well! She is very close to nature.
|Barn Swallow 2013 by Gordon Wolford |
Photographed near Rosedale, Ontario.
Artificial barn Swallow Nests
This is an option. We visited this artificial habitat nesting site, created to facilitate nesting while repairing the bridge on #511.
Problem is, the town wants to develop the site, and can't do it with the birds on it!
"Another few wrinkles in the plan are that the field where the new bird nests would be located are earmarked for industrial development under the town’s official plan, and that the original intention had been to demolish/remove all of the structures on the site."
Isn't it beautiful?
As I was photographing it, some sledders zipped by!