The cabana is perfect for Barn Swallows. The eaves and rafters are great for nest-building. Flying insects are abundant and the swallows can skim over the lake for insects that float on the water. In fact, the cabana is so perfect that the numbers of Barn Swallows using it increased every year. The mud bowls grew more and more numerous.
Some concerned moms and grandmothers decided that the swallows posed a health risk to the children playing in the water and on the beach. They demanded that the community board do something to keep the swallows from coming back to the cabana.
The board decided to cover the rafters with screens to deny access to the rafters. Recently I took a walk to see what was going on. I was delighted to see swallows. One was sitting on a metal prominence.
A perfect swallow’s nest was attached outside the eaves. Built right on the very screen put in place to prevent it. I find the nests absolutely fascinating. How many trips does such a small bird have to make in order to bring in that much mud?