Yellow black

by Gina Sutor
(Lafayette NY)

Small birds with swallows circling me while I was mowing the lawn for 8 minutes. I was surprised because of the loud noise the mower makes. I had been out there for 40 minutes before they came. It was funny because they kept swooping down in front of me and some circled around me. It seemed like it went on for a long time. I was near tall brush. I had been there many times this summer so I didn't think they were protecting a near by nest. Plus there were two different groups of different birds. Does this behavior seem typical? Why do birds do this?


Likely there are now nestlings in nests, and the parents are very protective. Swallows will literally dive bomb us, once the babies are born.

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Jun 01, 2013
by: Anonymous

The swallows are taking advantage of an easy meal. The mower scares the insect which then takes flight and is scooped up by the agile swallow. I have witnessed this with my own eyes hundred of times.

Apr 30, 2013
swallows feeding
by: Anonymous

I've also noticed the Swallows and Martins come out when I'm mowing in Lafayette. I think the mowing gets the insects active and the birds get an easy dinner... :)

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