How To Be A Concierge To A Couple Of Swallows?
March 19, 2009 7:38 PM Subscribe
Spring is raging in Portugal: the air is choking with pollen and musk and every flower, insect, bird and mammal is happily and successfully shouting "Fuck me now!". Meanwhile, a loving couple of dark blue-and-white barn swallows have taken a fancy to the air conditioner in my study
, in our new house in Sintra
We love having them, of course, but, being barn swallows
, they need to nest somewhere safer and more accessible, although indoors in the sense of being minimally protected. We've been shooing them away for a week now, with broken hearts, but they keep coming back through my open windows as, for a selfish week, we let them fly about and begin to settle in my study, because we loved looking at them and listening to them complain and rejoice. This was an evil encouragement on our part. Now, when we stand up and clap them away, they seem not to believe we want them out, for their own good. They just keep coming back, ever more enchanting and pleading. What can we do, to guiltily steer them to a better nesting place, given that there are thousands of these places available around us and all Portuguese consider them as the luckiest birds there are, apart from it being a crime to disturb them in any way? Any advise would be much welcomed and thanked.
Many thanks for any humane, considerate suggestions!