Barn Swallows are becoming more rare these days and for the most part the experts are unsure why. What they do know is that the North American numbers have dropped 70 percent in the last 40 years. It is most likely the decline of aerial insects and the lack of suitable buildings for nesting. This handsome bird was preening on the fence at Orrie's pond at Meadow Lake Guest Ranch. They are easily identified in flight for the rust coloring and the deeply forked tail.