First up, an apology on behalf of WP. I check blog posts through the Reader first then select which ones I will click on for the full version. Mostly I only get an extract in the Reader. Unfortunately WP is posting things in a strange order and some not at all. Others I get 3 times. When I go in I always go back to where I left off last time but it seems that no longer works. WP seems to be posting some blogs late and as they appear in roughly chronological order I have to go back quite a way to make sure I have not missed any. So I apologise if I have missed any of your posts. It is not through intent. I hope this will resolve itself soon but it seems to have been going on for a couple of weeks at least. And so to business.
After Sai Kung’s answer to Statler & Waldorf we revert to the bird world today. Sighs of relief all round. Jenny suggested a caption competition and so I decided I could combine the two and therefore invite captions for this scene:
We would love to have the swallows nest again in our garage. When we first moved to this house the swallows fledges a full brood.But then in the next 2 years the nest was destroyed. We never discovered how. There are endless theories from neighbourly sabotage to cats to a bird of prey. The location is difficult for a bird of prey to get at. A cat could possibly leap from one of the cars to the nest but it would be Olympic style long and high jumping combined. That leaves the unpleasant idea of deliberate destruction. Why anybody would do that is a mystery but swallows are considered lucky and possibly someone thought that if they could not nest in our garage they would go to theirs. Last year the swallows did not even try to nest here. Whether the current prospecting turns into a nest we shall see. I did read that inexperienced birds can build weak nests that collapse. But two years running? This year we have one of the CCTV cameras trained on this corner of the garage so if the worst happens we can replay the recording and see what occurred. The cameras are infra red so day or night we will have a record. Of course someone could cover the camera….. But then we will know it wasn’t a bird of prey or cat! The compound is gated and has night patrols so it would have to be an ‘inside job’. One for M. Poirot perhaps or Miss Marple.
So, what are the swallows saying to one another? Over to you.