by Gina Sutor
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.