I read about Canadian Barn Swallows being designated in May as threatened, in Pat Bumstead’s Bird Canada blog post here. Pat writes,
At the spring meeting of the [Canadian Government’s] Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) held in Charlottetown, PEI May 1-6, 2011, Threatened status was recommended for two more species of songbirds – Eastern Meadowlark and Barn Swallow. The addition of these two common species draws further attention to the plights faced by grassland birds and aerial insectivores.
And today there was an article about declining Barn Swallow populations in British Columbia. Since reading Pat’s post and the article, I count myself very lucky that three pairs of Barn Swallows are nesting in our yard. In fact, we have had Barn Swallows make nests almost every year, over the front door and various windows.
This pair of Barn Swallows has a nest above the light fixture by our front door this summer,
I’ve taken an extension ladder to climb up and peek into the nest. The last time I checked the nest there were four eggs, but the female might have laid more. I’ll have to check again soon. The birds don’t like it very much when we go in or out the door, they dive bomb me very frequently.