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They are less friendly when we enter the barn. Their nests are filling with eggs and will soon have little peepers peering over the edge of them. The parents get a little crazy, swooping in and out over my head with an ineffectual mix of "a twittery series of squeaky notes, often with dry rattle in the middle" as heard at allaboutbirds.org.
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A few other interesting facts:
- A group of barn swallows are known collectively as a "kettle" of swallows.
- The killing of Barn Swallows for their feathers was one of the problems that led to the founding of the Audubon Society and the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
- When building the mud nest, both male and female make up to 1000 trips collecting mud.