If you've never had the opportunity to observe these little aerial acrobats, I urge you to make the effort to seek them out. Barn swallows are guaranteed to delight and amaze. Hugh, over at Rock Paper Lizard, tells of the decline in numbers of these birds. Distressing news. It makes me doubly glad that we have some nesting on the bridge bascules at work. This one gave me the once over when I disturbed it during its morning ablutions.
I'm an equal opportunity annoyer -- this yellowbelly slider was on the road shoulder just across from the driveway at the new house. She was not delighted at having her picture taken. I finally took the hint and left her to her task of finding a place to lay her eggs.