The chatterbox.  #Wordless Wednesday  #Listening is a virtue. #Barn Swallows

Wordless Wednesday – allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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56 Responses to The chatterbox.  #Wordless Wednesday  #Listening is a virtue. #Barn Swallows

  1. rajkkhoja says:

    Beautiful shoot Swallows. They himself build the best on the tree.

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  2. peggy says:

    I love to watch swallows in flight. I don’t see as many of them around my area as I use to see.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I do too Peggy – they swoop and dive and there are so many of them at the marsh at Lake Erie Metropark that I don’t know how they keep from crashing into one another. Every since I had the luck with that first group of Barn Swallows perching on a tree, I look every time now. I was lucky they were tired and perched (but not too tired to talk).

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  3. Laurie says:

    Great photo of barn swallows, Linda! I love to hear their chatter. There are a bunch of them perching on wires here in South Carolina. That usually means they are getting ready to fly south soon.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Laurie – I thought it was funny that one seemed full of chatter and the other one was just looking at it, not a peep. Do birds get a pained look on their face when subjected to excessive chatter like humans sometimes do? We’re having some mild weather, so our barn swallows are still around. I see them at Council Point Park as well. South Carolina sounds nice – are you there for a race or just passing through?

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      • Laurie says:

        I don’t know about birds getting a pained expression. I have never seen it! We are in SC at the beach with 4 other couples. The 10 of us have been friends for over 40 years. It’s a trip we have taken before but not since the pandemic. It feels good to be able to get together with friends again!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        One bird was listening intently to the other’s tale. 🙂 I seem to remember you two visiting with those other couples – you might have mentioned it in a post. You have made the most of your last year since COVID restrictions have lessened a bit. Have fun!

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  4. Ally Bean says:

    I don’t see birds like these around here. They might be here, but I don’t notice them? Probably a commentary on me

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Ally, we have them wherever there is water – even at Council Point Park where I walk daily. These were at Lake Erie Metropark. Earlier this Summer, I saw some perching which is odd as they are usually swooping and diving, so I went back to see if I could get more shots and this was one. One Barn Swallow chattering away; the other silent – cracked me up.

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  5. Cute shot as if they are talking about their day, Linda! We get the violet-green swallows who want to nest anywhere like BBQ grills and chimney flues.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thank you Terri – it made me smile too as I thought they were having a conversation, with one animated and the other patiently listening. Oh, that would be annoying having Swallows building nests where you don’t want them. I deal with a Robin every Spring/early Summer who insists on building a nest in the elbow of my porch coach light. I have to stuff the area with a box that fills up the this “elbow” nesting area. I have to stay on it after April because it will build a move-in ready nest in less than 24 hours. I can’t open the front door and mud and grass are all over the mailbox and porch. This has been going on for at least 20 years and the original Mama is long gone.

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  6. I wonder what they are chattering about, Linda? If they were in the UK, it would be about the weather.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Interesting to wonder Hugh as there is lots of chattering going on. I’ve been noticing all your rain in the video clips I’ve been watching this week. I want to tell you I spent a week with my parents in England in May 1979 and we did not have a drop of rain the entire time.

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      • The UK is well known for being wet, Linda, but we have occasions when it does not rain for many weeks resulting in a drought. I live in Swansea, Wales, the wettest city in the UK. We did have a dry August, but it’s rained a lot since the beginning of September.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Interesting – you hear so much about the perpetual rain in England and I guess that climate change has taken its toll in the form of droughts for the UK as well. An umbrella is your friend Hugh. A fellow blogger lives in Tofino, British Columbia and it is the same thing as you, as more than two-thirds of their days are rainy and they are wearing their “Tofino Tuxedos” the name they give to rain slickers.

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      • Out of the four countries in the UK, England is the dryest, Linda. Some areas get a lot of rain, but the east of England doesn’t get much. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland all get much more.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        My geography of the UK and its weather conditions is evidently poor Hugh. I had no idea – it seemed to me that jolly old England gets the bum rap for raining so much.

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  7. LOL – yes, they can be loud when they’re chattering! Great capture!

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  8. They do look like they are engaged in a thoughtful conversation. Nice picture, Linda!

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  9. Timelesslady says:

    You captured the face of the one on the left. I love swallows. We see flocks of them when we visit the Delaware Bay. I have a photo I took of one that I love. Perhaps one of these days I will get around to painting it.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I didn’t even notice it as much at the time, but on the screen it struck me that they looked like humans – one talks, the other listens. That would be nice for you to paint the swallow; I’ll look forward to seeing the painting. I have been following a plein air painting group in the area. I would like to join the group once I am retired. I met up with them twice now but not joined them to paint as don’t have time now between work, walking and blogging. They go to local venues once or twice a week to paint April through October. I have bought some paints and pastels and charcoals. I took a class many years ago, but sure could use a refresher when I’m retired.

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  10. Dave says:

    My first thought was, birdie on the right is singing so beautifully that birdie on the left is listening with open-mouthed wonder 🙂

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  11. They are so skilled and accomplished in the air… real dynamic, expert flyers! 😁

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  12. Amorina Rose says:

    It looks like a conversation. Lovely shot.

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  13. Prior... says:

    It really does seem like one bird is listening so well!
    And quite the chat you captured here! Excellent capture

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  14. Nice shot! That is definitely not a type of bird we see around here.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Janis. These barn swallows dive and swoop at the marshes and lagoons at Lake Erie Metropark. I’ve been lucky this Summer to catch them taking a break on a branch which is rare as they eat insects in mid-air or are always taking mud to build nests, always non-stop.

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  15. When Terry cuts the grass they swoop in front of him eating any bugs. He only saw them once this year which is unusual. You picture of them is stunning Linda!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Thanks Diane – glad you like this photo. You mean that Terry stirs up bugs while cutting the lawn so they can’t resist getting them by swooping down – how funny! They dive bomb at the marsh all the time and I was lucky as this was the second time that some of them settled down on a branch for a few minutes (rare to do that). They are gone now until next Spring.

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