Two Barn Swallows fledged today. ('fledge' means to fly for the first time.) Finally.
This means that the pile of bird poop on the seat of the riding mower will be much smaller each morning. Tomorrow, in fact, there won't be any, because I'll leave the barn's garage door open tonight. It makes it easier for the young ones to fly in and out. Also, while it is overhead, it provides a nice, big, flat, safe landing space. They have used it once for an emergency landing, I think, but that is all. They're pretty good fliers when they finally leave the nest.
If you want to find out more about Barn Swallows, take a look at this: http://www.americanartifacts.com/smma/per/b4.htm