Visited Crestwood Lake in Allendale today to discuss ways to possibly relocate the resident Barn Swallows, who nest in the eaves of the Red Barn and, in so doing, poop on visitors to the open-air pavilion underneath.
The borough loves the Barn Swallows but would like to provide housing without the fallout.
Marsh Warden Emeritus Stiles Thomas (above right), Marsh Warden Mike Limatola (above left) and I (lurking somewhere) have offered to help.
Stiles mentioned that he always suspected that Barn Swallows also nested under the swim platforms in the lake itself.
Since the artificial lake has been drained for the winter, we thought we'd investigate. At least two of the platforms had a nest (one is pictured below) left over from last summer, and there were remnants of at least two more nests. Who knew?