I so desperately want the Davis County Exterminator to get rid of my brother. Look, we’re all baby swallows, tucked up safely in this nest under the eaves of someone’s house. But, I swear, this nest is getting smaller and smaller by the day. He’s just crowding me out and cramping my style.
Mom went through a lot of trouble to make this mud nest for us before we were born. Bit by bit, she brought tiny chunks of mud from a small distance away and stuck it up on this stucco, right over someone’s front door. She brought in some tiny twigs to help give it structure and took her time to build it just right. Sure, some of it fell down and spattered across the doorstep, and some of it inevitably got dropped on cars or sidewalks on her way back and forth. But, it’s wonderfully safe, making it extra hard for any predators to get to us. And Mom says now that us baby birds are here, the Davis County exterminator has to obey really specific laws about how to remove barn swallows, so we’re pretty safe even now. I don’t want the Davis County exterminator to get rid of all of us, just my brother.
After we hatched, Mom worked super hard to keep us fed, and let me tell you, we’re ALWAYS hungry. All day long, the four of us crowd at the tiny nest opening, sticking our heads out, opening our beaks as wide as possible, and taking our turns getting fed. But, not my brother. He always pushes and shoves, and switches places with us to try to trick Mom into feeding him twice before she gets to the rest of us. You know, he almost pushed me right out of the nest the other day, and since he gets fed more, he’s getting bigger and bigger and it’s getting harder and harder to push back. But, the rest of us baby swallows have had it. We’re saying enough is enough and starting to fight back.
My sister came up with a great idea the other day. When Mom flies off for another morsel of food, she stands up, gets on the edge of the nest, and turns around to poop out of the nest. We learned to do that early on – let the poop fall down out of the nest onto the front step of this house instead of staining our own nest. Well, when she’s done, she spreads her wings just a little wider and pushes big brother further back into the nest. By that time, Mom’s back and the rest of us get a fighting chance to get the food. It was perfect until big brother caught on. Now we’re back to getting pushed around a lot. So, I’m wondering, what would it take to get the Davis County exterminator to get rid of one big baby swallow?