Date: 7/2/18 1:33 pm
From: anneboby <00000038cbe79a41-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] hawk in the barn
Not a Sharpie/Swallow barn story, but a Sharpie/House Sparrow barn story of considerable intrigue involving a Kentucky Derby winning horse.

On 5/3/98 at my Adirondack camp at Jenny Lake near Corinth in Saratoga Co, NY, I banded an after-second-year male Sharpie which I recaptured three times that Summer on 6/27, 7/24 and 9/12, most likely a local breeder that liked the birds using my feeders. Five years later this Sharpie chased a House Sparrow into a barn and next morning, 3/23/03, after roosting in the barn flew into a window killing itself in an attempt to vacate the barn.

This barn was one of many on the McMahon Thoroughbred Farm near Saratoga Springs, NY which on 4/20/2000 happened to foal a horse named Funny Cide, sold as a 2-yr-old for $75,000, which went on to win the 2003 Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, came in 3rd in a sloppy wet Belmont, and failed to return to Saratoga for the Travers in Aug due to illness.

If you are a horse fan and want more info on Funny Cide (an extraordinary story), check him out on Wikipedia. As a bird fan, you never know what happens when a Sharpie chases a bird into your barn.

Bob Yunick
Schenectady, NY

-----Original Message-----
From: Janet Warren <jwarren...>
Sent: Fri, Jun 29, 2018 10:21 am
Subject: [VTBIRD] hawk in the barn

Does anyone who has swallows in their barn have any experience with hawks (sharp shinned) following swallows into the barn? Our swallows have fledged their first broods and there has been a lot of hawk mobbing outside of the barn, I assume because the new swallows are more vulnerable to hawk attack, but the hawk has followed them into the barn twice. It didn’t catch one, but will eggs and nestlings of the second broods be in danger? I thought of closing the windows some more, but worry that the swallows are so used to the opening that they might run into the window. The poor things had already had the worry of a family of grey foxes living under the barn for a few weeks. (They couldn’t get inside)

Janet Warren
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