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ALWAYS IN SEASON: Barn swallow numbers boom

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The barn swallow population has exploded at our place west of Gilby, N.D. We’ve had barn swallows each of the 16 years we’ve lived there, and sometimes cliff swallows, too, but never this many, proving that “barn swallows now sometimes nest in larger colonies than probably occurred in natural settings.”

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