I took a quick stroll along an area of the Sac & Fox trail in Cedar Rapids the other night. The area I was walking along has been preserved as a wetland to enable wetland and marsh critters of the midwest to thrive through the food chain. As I was walking to see if I could locate any interesting water fowl, I spotted this Barn Swallow. Frankly, I have never seen a barn swallow perched on a branch. I usually only see them flaunting their aerial acrobatic maneuvers swallowing up all the flying insects available. So, seeing this one being content watching me I found a little odd.
I made my way about 25 yards to a pier that had been built into a lotus pond when I am seemingly nose to beak with the barn swallow. He is angry at me and making sure I know it. He took at least 6 passes at me before I realized I was bigger than it was and that I needed to show him that I was the one at the top of the chain. As he took aim at me and proceeded ready for another pass, I swung my free arm (the one without the camera), then noticed he was suddenly not alone. I had them coming at me from multiple directions. It was not more than 15 seconds when I realized I was not taking pictures – good ones, anyway – of anything. So I started to make my way back to the path. Once clear of the pier, it was then that I realized what all the fuss was about.