With a 330′ barn, we have a LOT of spots for the swallows to nest. I really enjoy watching the parents feeding their babies and watching the babies grow and eventually leaving the nest.
The babies are a little ‘alien’ looking…
especially when they open their mouths and start screaming for their meal.
The parents are constantly flying in and out feeding the little ones. I like a lot of things about the swallows, but it is their bug catching abilities that I appreciate the most.
The swallow population is strong here. I counted almost 100 of them lined up on the telephone line the other day, but Fall is in the air and they will be leaving soon. I will look forward to their return next year.
While we were putting this year’s hay in the barn, we found a little treasure.
A barn swallow nest.
and look…there was an egg tucked away inside.
I love the variety of feathers in this nest.
I hate removing the nests because I LOVE the swallows, but this one was going to be smashed by the hay and it was just too pretty. It seemed to be abandoned, so it was a little easier.
I know a lot of people think these birds are pests – but they are one of my favorites.
The babies are an ‘ugly’ cute 🙂
The parents stay busy feeding the babies lots of bugs! One of the reasons I like them so much.
In addition to barn swallows, we also have a healthy population of tree swallows. They build their nests in these bird houses on our front porch.
Can you see the baby peeking out? There are 3 in there and they are almost ready to fledge (fly away from the nest).
I feel very fortunate that our property has so many little treasures to share with us.