At the beginning of May I await the return of the swallows; the migratory barn swallows appeared at Nick’s Cove on May 6th. Suddenly, they are darting, and swooping over and under our pier. They begin building nests, which you can glimpse underneath the restaurant and pier. Our General Manager will be so happy to know that they all seem to be building their nests under the pier instead of over our cottage doors and lights! Morning and evening provide great times for viewing these intelligent creatures as they dine on flying insects. There are many legends and fables about this bird. One of my favorites is when a clever bird tried to steal fire from the gods to give to humans. Outraged, a deity hurled a flaming arrow at the barn swallow singeing away the bird’s middle tail feathers.
This, or so the legend goes, is how the swallows’ distinctive tail feathers came to be.