Barn Swallows, those beloved birds, have come back to Tennessee. Surfbirds is reporting that they have been seen in Robertson County, just north of Nashville, and two days ago they were in the Chattanooga area.
I remember that last year they arrived in mid-March. All day the sky was empty, but at four o'clock I walked out onto my porch and heard them chittering.
They nest in our parking sheds here, and they use the same nests, but this year they must build new ones. When the work crews painted the sheds last October they knocked the old nests down and pressure washed the shed.
What a joyful day it is when they return!