Thursday, September 9, 2010

Barn Swallows Come to Roost

We were pleased to see a pair of Barn Swallows return this year to build a nest under the peak of our roof. Last year's attempt had a disastrous end. After a week of building, the nest fell and the pair disappeared for the remainder of the season. I don't know if it is the same pair, but somehow I hope so.

I know Barn Swallows build mud nests in some locations, but here it is a mixture of mud and grasses. They pick the most precarious spots to build their nests. The one under our roof has no support other than a 1/2 inch ledge of wood near the eves. Somehow they are able to concoct a substance sticky enough to hold everything up straw by straw.

The female bird is now sitting on her nest. Hopefully there will be young chicks soon that we can watch grow and someday take to the skies like their acrobatic parents. -- Margy