Date: 7/26/20 9:49 am
From: Ed Green <edgreen3...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] barn swallows in peril (complaint from neighbor0
It sounds like it would be one of the more bug free areas around.

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From: Vermont Birds [mailto:<VTBIRD...>] On Behalf Of Debbie Lyter
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2020 11:04 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] barn swallows in peril (complaint from neighbor0

This is crazy. How does he know that its the swallows doing the all “bombing”? Birds are going to go where and when they want to no matter what. He could put up some of those fake owls to keep them away. Its not like YOU can control where they go poop. Keep enjoying you birds and just tell your neighbor that its just nature taking its course. That's my 3 cents worth.
Mark Lyter Sr
From: Janet Warren
Sent: Sunday, July 26, 2020 9:53 AM
To: <VTBIRD...>
Subject: [VTBIRD] barn swallows in peril (complaint from neighbor0


Below is an e-mail from our next-door neighbor. We have had barn swallows nesting in our barn for fourteen years, and they have obviously been here far longer, given the number of nests we found in the barn when we moved in. We generally have four or five pairs nesting each season. We do live fairly close to the neighbor, but this is the first complaint. As far as I could see from where I am, there are no droppings on his roofs, or porch, and there are six on mine . He has always kept his garage closed most of the time. It does not seem reasonable to me that he should expect us to deny the swallows access to a barn they have been inhabiting since time immemorial.
I’ll be devastated if I lose them. I wait eagerly in the spring for their arrival, and my health may make this one my last. I would welcome the thoughts of fellow listers on this matter.

~Janet Warren

Greetings from next door. I would like to bring to your attention just how demoralizing it is to have to deal with what appears to me to be an out-of-control bird explosion in our immediate area, at least demoralizing to me and from my perspective. I can't tell you the impact of multiple cleaning of bird poop off of my house and my cars, my back deck and my roofs, that I regularly have to do. I can no longer leave my garage doors open as the swallows swoop in and out , sometimes out at the motivation of a swinging broom, and it is not my desire to have them roost in there, or anywhere. I wash bird poop off of my decks and do it again the next day. Ditto with cars. My side garden looks like a casualty from the London Blitz. Then there is the "ick" factor. I know that it's just a matter of time before I become their hit zone, and even a one-time occurrence would cause me to explode.

Really, it is bordering on the intolerable, one that you have noticed as well or have seen for yourselves as the birds (mostly swallows) swoop and dive almost all day over your property, my property, my driveway and garage and the fields to the east, or their roosting spots (the peak of my garage roof and second level barn door ledge), and I hope we could engage in some understanding of the impact of the present conditions and arrive at a plausible solution. Perhaps I could learn something from you that would add to what I don't know or am not aware of, I am hopeful that e could engage as neighbors with a concern.

I just don't ever remember these nuisance birds in such numbers, and for me it's become a problem. I was going to walk over last week during a late afternoon shade sit to bring this up with you but you had company, clearly not the right time. I hope the right time is soon. Thank you both for whatever attention you may wish to give to this issue.

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