The first Tree Swallows arrived back at Willow House this week. I saw a pair briefly on Monday morning, but there was no sign of them in the afternoon. The next morning, however, there were five swallows zooming around the sky over the pond, chittering and squabbling with each other. Guys! No need to quarrel! There’s space for everyone!
One pair seems to have settled on the box on the western edge of the pond. I expect as the season progresses, later arrivals will check out the possibilities too. There’s still no sign of barn swallows, but it’s nice to see the travelers beginning to return.