Saturday, July 14, 2012

rollin' on the river

Star of Knoxville: paddlewheel

Two weeks ago, I posted a story sent by Bob and Lynne Davis about barn swallows flying around a moving riverboat—the Star of Knoxville—as though they had nests somewhere on board, below deck, hitching a ride.

Recently, Bob managed to work his way underneath, near the paddlewheel and found two nests. So, the parent swallows made multiple trips up and down the river over a two month period, staying in touch with their clutches.

Sing with me now: "But I never saw the good side of the city, 'Til I hitched a ride on the Star-of-Knox-Ville. Big wheel keep on turnin'. Proud Mary keep on burnin'. Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river." 

Two swallow nests that moved hither and thither

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