I bought my house in November 2002 – the first house I ever owned. Being lifelong military, we always moved a lot. But finally, after my divorce, I settled down and bought my own place. I moved to Florida for a while, but kept this house (luckily) and moved back to it after 8 months and four hurricanes.
About four months after I bought the house I heard a lot of chirping in the chimney. Worried about maybe starting a fire if I used the fireplace, I called a chimney sweep.
He told me I had three Barn Swallow’s nests in the chimney, and told me he would remove them, but they had eggs in them. He asked what I wanted to do.
I couldn’t bring myself to destroy the eggs, so I asked about the danger (low, because they are not straw nests – they are mud, affixed to the brick). Learning that they really weren’t harming anything, I decided to let them stay.
Since then I’ve enjoyed having about 30 baby Barn Swallows falling down my chimney, and learning to fly in my house. Last week in one day alone I found three of them. They are fairly easy to catch, and once they “get their wings” (a couple hours, max) I just pick them up, and let them out the door.
Tonight another dropped out of the chimney – but this one was a little different. This one was VERY vocal (I am assuming it was a female – heh)! It screeched and screeched (well, as much as these little things could screech).
I caught “her” after letting her fly for about an hour and took a couple photos before I let her loose. They are so tiny, and fragile. But I like having them “drop in” once a year – always the same time of year. I know there are at least a couple more up there – not all of them end up falling into the house – some of them manage to fly out the chimney (I assume). But most of them spend a few hours in free-flight in my living room first, so I expect a few more visitors in the next few days.