I was fiddling with my Odroid-C2 yesterday when out of the corner of my eye I saw a small “something” on the patio. Closer inspection revealed it was a young tree swallow. They aren’t great flyers on the first day. It seemed to be resting its belly right on the concrete keeping upright with its wings. I fetched my camera but it was gone by the time I returned. I must start carrying my camera around. I’m missing too many opportunities.
Today, I was out on the driveway shortening a bolt to replace one that had fallen off the whipper snipper into the grass. I took a 4 inch bolt and cut it into three pieces and welded the threaded section back. I could have cut new threads but welding is more fun… I installed a lock-nut to keep it in place. Saved another trip to the hardware store 15 miles away. In the process, I observed a huge gathering of swallows and their young swooping and diving in my yard mopping up the remaining mosquitoes.
We had a much needed decent rain recently so I did not need to water anything. The Saskatoon bushes and Swiss stone pines and tomatoes seemed particularly happy, showing good colour and new growth. Life is good.
UPDATE – When I went back out to the garage I found a sparrow had been trapped inside. I opened both doors but it took a minute before the bird found an opening. All’s well that ends well.