I love barn swallows. I love to watch them gracefully swooping, dipping, diving as they catch their daily sustenance. I enjoy their company on our patio every summer; they are not in the least bit skittish.
My husband has always been less enthusiastic about them than I. They are messy. But I've always protested that they are beautiful and a blessing, a sign of summer, and he has generously tolerated them for my sake. This year, however, we have a new situation: a second set of swallows are trying to build a nest. Much as I love birds, even I don't think it's a great idea. This is our patio, after all, not a bridge or barn. The problem is neither the birds nor the nests. I will spare you the actual images, but I'm not sure if you can imagine the amount, the piles of droppings we are suddenly dealing with. We're giving the hatchlings a few days while we debate about allowing a second brood. In the meantime, my husband has declared war on the newcomers.
So far, they've begun nests in three different corners. Every time he blocks them, they begin in a new place.
Does anyone have experience in dealing with this or a similar bird problem? We would appreciate suggestions, especially nature-friendly ones. Help! Our patio is going to the birds.