Re: Swallow question
- For what it's worth, I used to walk past the BLM vehicle shed almost
daily about 10 years ago. There was an annual influx of the swallows
in Spring (I wasn't a birder then and never knew there was more than
one kind. We always were happy to see them flying around eating
mosquitoes. The BLM carried out a fairly ardent bird eradication
program in those days. The swallows pooped on their government
vehicles so they wanted them gone (this was based on comments from
the vehicle drivers back then). They installed some sort of noise
makers that had no effect, then they put out inflatable balloons with
big eyes which were also ignored. I seem to recall plastic owls too
but not for long. I know the nests were broken up regularly but I'm
not sure if that was during nesting season. Finally the metal I-
beams were covered over with sheet metal and that seemed to do the
trick. I can't really say the mosquitoes got any worse once the
swallows stopped nesting there but we were sad to see them go.
Cliff swallows nest on Bartlett High School air vents. I think they
wait until school lets out for summer.
I used to see Cliff Swallows at the Campbell Creek BLM Facility where
they nested under the eaves of the vehicle shed. I haven't seen them
in recent years. Does anyone else have "notes" about Cliff Swallows at
the BLM facility or in Anchorage?> prentki@...