Swallow attacks!

We live in mid-Cornwall and the swallows arrived about a week ago.  During the last two days the swallows have started to divebomb us on our field making very loud chirping noises!  It is actually very intimidating.  I am fearful for my two small children and do not wish to endure this for the whole summer.  Last year the swallows only showed this behaviour when they had chicks in their nest.  I cannot believe that they are nesting already after only one week!  Any suggestions?

  • Hi, they do come here to breed so they will be nest building if they don't yet have eggs or even chicks. Best to play it safe and keep out of "their" territory you will soon find out how close is close enough.

    How lovely it would be to have swallows nesting here, but we do get the pleasure of the adults teaching the young to fly over and around our house avoiding obstacles and catching flies.

    Sarah

  • HI

    Idon't think theyb are divebombing  They are simply catching insects and will sometimes come pretty close.

         Ray

          

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  • In reply to Barnsley lad:

    Swallows, swifts and martins will all come very close while hawking insects.

    They seem to do it more when there is a greater density of insects, so it the sky is full duck ;)

     

    Edited for more info :-

    Can't say I've heard of anything smaller than a jackdaw, trying to drive a human away.

    Corvids, Gulls and birds of prey will happily give it a go.

    It's both what you do and the way that you do it!

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  • In reply to mpiekp:

    Swallows will mob people if they feel threatened - don't see how they could do any harm though. I read once of a biologist who had to get up on his roof to do some repairs, near an active Swallow nest. The birds were very agitated and divebombed him. Thereafter, if he ever went outside wearing the same clothes he'd worn on that day, the birds would go for him again, but they ignored him as long as he was wearing something else!

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  • In reply to aiki:

    Cheers Aiki.

    New one to me, not sure it's something that would achieve anything, I suppose its a hope that pestering enough may make us think it's to much effort.

    I can understand it in circumstances like that, where the nest has been encroached on, but just in a field seems wrong. (Unless they disturbed them last year and are wearing the same close;))

    It's both what you do and the way that you do it!

    You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.
    William Henry Hudson (1841 - 1922)

  • I think these ate birds that are hawking for insects and getting very close,nest protection behavior would not happen in the middle of a field.If you and your children are perturbed by the behavior it may be best to avoid the area if possible as I cannot think of a legal way of stopping it.

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • seen some SWIFT replies some hard to SWALLOW suggest you stop in the HOUSE MARTIN

          Ray

          

             a good laugh is better than a tonic

  • In reply to Barnsley lad:

    Take two tablets and go for a lie down :)

    It's both what you do and the way that you do it!

    You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.
    William Henry Hudson (1841 - 1922)

  • In reply to Barnsley lad:

    must be summat in't Barnsley water

    Pete

    Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can

  • In reply to Seaman:

    Wendy S said:

    must be summat in't Barnsley water

    Its called whisky  LOL

         Ray

          

             a good laugh is better than a tonic