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Haulin T Male May 19, 2014 at 11:27 PM
as for pigeons, you still have some? use to have a colony of them, till those 4 hawks you seeRead Moreflying over head started to feed on them, now their all gone, or at least moved on
James McGahey May 20, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Greetings- It is with great disdain that I read in the Clawson Patch of the upcoming plannedRead Moreeradic ation of Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) from the senior citizen's Center on 14 Mile Road. I cannot tender my disagreement with this decision more vociferously. The Barn Swallow is mentioned in the Bible ("Yea, the sparrow hath found her a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young" from Psalms 84:3) and is considered a harbinger of Spring, like the Robin. The Barn Swallow consumes vast amounts of insects daily, thereby keeping insect populations in check. Recent studies from Sweden debunk the myth that Barn Swallows are carriers of Salmonella. Also, tattoos of Swallows are popular amongst sailors, who consider the tattoos a form of protection, and a guarantor of a safe return from a journey. Sailors would add one tattoo for every 5000 nautical miles sailed. People also consider the destruction of a Swallow nest as bad Karma, for such and act would lead to "cows giving bloody milk, or no milk at all, or to hens ceasing to lay". (Cocker, Mark; Mabey, Richard (2005). Birds Britannica. London: Chatto & Windus. ISBN 0-7011-6907-9.) Therefore, it is with great superciliousness that I voice my dissentient sentiment on this matter. I earnestly implore you to reevaluate this decision. Sincerely, James McGahey
James McGahey May 20, 2014 at 11:45 AM
I was pleased to find, after being contacted by the Administrators of Clawson Senior Center, thatRead Moreth e "eradication" of Barn Swallows was never proposed. Rather, the temporary loss of habitat will be an unintended consequence of badly needed upcoming construction. This is completely different than eradication (or extermination). The birds are more than capable of dealing with this scenario, and I would like to thank the Administrators for taking the time to explain. Thank you again.
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