It was just a few days ago I checked my blog to see when the Barn Swallows came back to the farm last year. It was May 1st, so I was expecting them soon, but not on exactly the same day.
It’s as if they know it’s the midpoint between the beginning of Spring and Summer, the pagan holiday called Beltane celebrated with protecting fires. It’s also the day that farmers would traditionally let their cows out to graze.
We were a little early with the grazing by a few days. But it’s a good way for me to remember when we usually let the animals into the pasture. And from now on I’ll also remember that the Barn Swallows come back around May Day.