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Jesse Chuck Day makes tree swallows welcome
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on February 16, 2018 12:01AM

Jesse “Chuck” Day is preparing for his favorite summer “migrant workers” to arrive. “They travel from southern Mexico and Central America here every year, and have been doing it for forever,” he wrote. “… They work for free, and only need houses to stay in and raise their little ones. Oh yeah, and they have feathers.”

“They are my tree swallows,” he explained, “that I put up bird boxes for, and maintain, to keep attracting them back to my property every year. I get a nearly bugless summer. Each bird can eat catch up to seven times their weight in bugs each day as they feed their brood of babies. … I’m also given shows of amazing aerial acrobatics almost everyday.”

As an aside, he’s curious to know if the boxes put up in other people’s yards were ever occupied, and if they have been cleaned every year. “The old nest can harbor mites and diseases,” he warned, “that can kill the baby birds before they can leave the nest.”

Chuck wishes more people would put up birdhouses for tree swallows. “The little guys need all the help they can get,” he noted. He has an excellent good birdhouse plan to share with anyone who wants a copy. You can find it here:

“My birdhouses have been tried and tested for over 20 years,” Chuck added, “hundreds, if not thousands, of baby birds have been raised in my birdhouses.”


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