swallows

Swallows return to courthouse perch

Squatters are staging a live-in at the Placer County Superior Courthouse, but their presence isn’t posing much of a burden to court staff or museum visitors. Much like with ...

Media Life: Evicted courthouse swallows take their case to Auburn city hall

There’s really no way to prove where they came from. But since early spring, for the first time in recent memory, swallows are taking up residence in the nooks and crannies of A ...

Easy fix exists for swallow issue

Re: Swallows return to Court- house, Journal, March 22. Instead of putting up (non-effective) netting for $35,000 to prevent nesting, why not suspend rough, unpainted boards under ...

Media Life: Reluctant Pilot Hill cheerleader pens a Penguin novel

Golden Sierra High School students from the early Reagan era may remember her as “the reluctant cheerleader,” newly published author Shana Mahaffey recalls with a laugh. Mahaf ...

Lay off the courthouse bird-bashing

As a member of the Audubon Society and an avid “birdwatcher” since I was a young boy, I wish to add my voice to those who have come out in support of the swallows at the old co ...

Spend money on retaining, not deterring Auburn’s swallows

Why not welcome the swallows who come back to the county courthouse every year to build their nests? As Linda Lareau of Courthouse Coffee suggests, the swallows make a charming tou ...

Inventor offers cure for courthouse birds

An Auburn inventor is offering a customized version of his “Skunkerator” to keep swallows from returning to the Placer County Courthouse. Bill Carpenter is giving a hoot about ...

Swallows dig in for the long haul at their Auburn “Capistrano”

The Placer County Courthouse swallows are finding ways to work around netting put up this winter to prevent them from nesting at the Auburn landmark. The birds are building nests ...

Swallows return, but ...

The swallows have returned to Auburn. But they’re far from home. The birds are finding a century-old welcome mat has been pulled out from under them at the Placer County Courthou ...

Auburn’s Placer County Courthouse bell rings again

Auburn’s courthouse bell – first sounded in 1859 – rang out again Monday in the still morning air high above the city. With the help of a crane, the 300-pound iron bell was ...

Swallows welcome to join good life on the river

Fret no more swallow lovers and fear not that odious, acidic plop on your copper dome dear Placer Courthouse lovers. The mighty cliff swallow lives on and is welcomed with open  ...

If you want to be with swallows, go to Capistrano

I have a home in Shelter Cove that was inundated with bird feces year after year. The birds and their annual babies return by way of the scent of feces. They will not go away ...

Bird mess is small price to pay for joy of swallows

I’m so glad that someone has spoken up about the expensive, short-term, and negative solution to the swallows at the Historic Courthouse, Journal editorial, Aug. 17. I wanted t ...

Ousting swallows is waste of taxpayers’ money

Regarding Placer County spending money to keep the swallows out of the eaves of the Historic Courthouse, Journal, Aug. 15. For shame! No. 1. What a waste of money that could be b ...

Our View: Bad decision to rid courthouse of birds is hard to swallow

Placer County is spending $36,000 to keep the swallows out of our Historic Courthouse’s eaves. Rather than welcome the migrating wild birds, which draw thousands of tourists to p ...