Saturday, April 16, 2011

Barn Swallows

Well this year a pair of barn swallows decided nesting under the eave of our house on one of our windows was THE place to be.  When they first started their mud dawbing, I took the hose and washed it away, hoping to discourage them.  But they were not to be denied the prime realty of their dreams.  So I let them have their way...
After about 2 days of work.
Slow going - after another 2 days.
Mortaring is hard work when there hasn't been much rain.
I tried to help them out by letting the horse water tubs overflow to create mud.
Just trying to make up for destroying their first day's mud work...
This is their status today (note the horse hairs dangling at the bottom).
Not sure if they're sitting eggs yet, but they're close.

57 comments:

Sharon said...

They sure are determined, aren't they? What a great photo op, huh? Keep us posted when the family enlarges!

Robin said...

Theresa, I don't blame you trying to discourage them. They are rather messy. But I'm glad you relented! Look forward to the continuing story!

'Vasfiye Karoğlu../ Photographer said...

Hi, very sweet birds :) nice photo

regards from Istanbul

see you

Sandra said...

I can only say WOW!

Samantha said...

Very kind of you..and now, you have built in pest control! Swallows mow down an enormous number of flies and mosquitoes. Lucky you!

Cathy said...

We had them one year nesting in the corner of the front porch. Decided to let them be, that it would be nice to watch nature at work. Well, once the baby's hatched the parents became very protective. They would dive bomb us every time we went out on the porch or walked along the sidewalk near the nest. One other note...barn swallows return to the same spot every year bringing friends along. We finally had to run carpet tack strips along the upper part of the porch to discourage them from nesting.

Lois Evensen said...

How cute. The series of pictures is great. What hard workers!

Margaret said...

Ah yes. When I was a kid, I shared the barn with them. Every year a baby or three would fall from the nest and get trampled by the horses. My cat would sit and watch them, too. I loved watching my cat walk lazily back & forth from the barn with swallows darting down like bomber planes. He learned to ignore them as he knew he could never capture one.

Ms. Becky said...

I'm glad you relented and allowed them their prime piece of real estate. this is going to be great fun watching the progress. I think barn swallows are one of the most beautiful birds in the world. I love everything about them, especially the way they fly. I once got in between the female and her nest while landscaping, and she never left me alone after that, no matter how wide a berth I gave her. have a great weekend!

thesedaysofmine.com said...

This reminds me of my dilemma when a bird nest shows up in one of my hanging baskets. I hate having to water the plant "around" the nest. But I can't bring myself to destroy it.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I think I could learn from their determination and focus!! :-)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That was nice of you to allow them to make their messy nest on your house. But after reading some of these comments the dive bombing may be an issue later on. They are pretty birds though. We'll be looking forward to egg pictures, baby pictures and more if you have the nerve.

Randy said...

Busy little things. I love seeing the stages! I hope you will show the babies when they are born.

Clint said...

We have barnswallow nesters for the last 6 years under our patio eave. We take pics every year. They are the best flyers ever....fast, quick, can turn on a dime. The colors of the male in sunlight are incredible.

Joe said...

My farmer buddy declares the first day of spring when the barn swallows arrive at his farm. He swears that two(he calls them scouts) always arrive a week or also before the rest do.

Woody said...

Kinda like kids, you gotta pick your battles. Someone looks all proud in their new home.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

They can create quite a mess,but now you will have the joy of capturing every step of the process.

from my front porch... said...

Ours just arrived! I look forward to them each year. Yes, they are determined little birds, arn't they!
xo, misha

Flora said...

Yes we have tried to discourage those guys! they are determined... Love the colouring in them. The ones we have are all brown.

Cher' Shots said...

Besides being a beautiful bird, they are great for catching mosquitos. Be careful as they will dive for you and they can carry bird lice. Just saying.
'love & hugs from afar'

Sall's Country Life said...

When the swallows arrive it will officially be spring! And since we got 3 inches of snow yesterday there's no sign of the swallows yet! We fight them for our porch every summer. They have the whole barn to live in, why do they need my favorite summer spot?

Home In The Hollow said...

OMG! That is so darn precious, T! I might need to "pick your brain" in a few days, but don't worry it won't hurt!...:)JP

Jan n Jer said...

It always amazes me to watch a bird build their nest. Now you can watch n wait to see the outcome. At least it gives you some blog fodder!

Angela said...

She was very determined to have her nest right at that spot! You were so kind to let her have her way. I have noticed that the birds are gathering things from our yard to make their nests. Not sure where they are building at yet. Hopefully not anywhere that I wouldn't want them to be! lol

Have a Great Day!
Angela

Allison said...

Reminds me of how I felt getting ready for my babies! : D. She sure looks determined.

Inger-M said...

That's precious, and I look forward to see more of this story!

Patrice said...

They're a favorite of mine.

Canyon Girl said...

I can't wait to see the family.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

It was very kind of you to overflow the horse tank. ;) They are industrious little things! blessings ~ tanna

Leontien said...

We had them too at home. Every year they would come back and every year my dad would try to make them go away (or at least move to another part of the barn) but they would not! Finaly he decided to put a board underneath the nest so they woudn't poop right in front of the door...

Thanks
Leontien

BJ Roan said...

I'm sure Mr. & Mrs. Swallow appreciate your allowing them to build their dream house. lol They are very pretty birds, and just think, you have a front row seat. Lucky you.

Bob Bushell said...

Nice and comfy.

Janie2 said...

How nice!!!! Even if they are messy, you are a tough gal. Life there is never dull!

Sérgio Pontes said...

They are very nice =)

In Portugal they are called "Andorinhas"

=)

Jennifer said...

Love watchin the barn swallows in the spring/summer... Very Cool Pictures! How exciting to watch them hatch out some babies.

IanH said...

They have obviously found a happy place to be.

MarieElizabeth said...

I love that you help them out. Looking forward to hearing more about them over the season.

Farmchick said...

We have them too and I know they are obnoxious, but they are so sweet.

Michaele said...

She/he looks so happy and content sitting in the nest. We have some that make a nest above the front door. I never see it until I open the door and it nearly hits me in the head. I wish they would choose a window. Like you - I would leave to them.

Tracy said...

Awww, such diligent work, isn't it? Those are really sweet photos!
Thanks Tex for sharing those!

edenhills said...

What a great series! Fascinating to see the progress.

Teresa

Dyche Designs said...

Great shots, looks like they're making themselves right at home.

wayside wanderer said...

Messy, but they sure are sweet. Maybe they know you have a blog and are just trying to do their part. =)

Karen Thomason/Gordon Setter Crossing said...

I'm sure they appreciate your effort to make up for your "mistake". Looking forward to seeing some babies!

barbara l. hale said...

Nice photos of the new house. We've had barn swallows next on our front porch a few times in the past. It is amazing how quickly they are able to build those nests.

Tiffany said...

I know these little guys are messy..but the kids love to watch them build their nest:) Hope you are having a great weekend.

Tiffany

Shifan said...

Fantastic. I have never seen this type of bird in Sri Lanka.

Gone Country said...

Making mud for them is totally something I would do!

I've never seen a bird make a nest like that... thanks for sharing!

Mandy said...

Birds are beautiful creatures! Thanks for sharing. =)

Amila Kanchana said...

That's great,may be we would see some little ones?

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

There are sooooo many beautiful bird friend living and loving around your cozy home, it's amazing!
Have a sweet Sunday, sweet friend xxxx

joo said...

I love them, and I love your post:)
Have a nice Sunday!

gowestferalwoman said...

Those swallows must have thought you had a cranky moment when you took out their nests lol

I always removed them from our barn, but not before the little stinkers would make babies...so we'd endure a few weeks of chattering at us while their babies grew wings...

Deb said...

we finally have given up and let the Starlings build their nests...they can get through a very small crack....I've never seen swallows around our lot...

Rose said...

Ahhhh---I love swallows!

bon bon said...

cute little stinkers though...

Jamie said...

I have had barn swallos in the barn for years and they eat so many of the bugs that I consider them a blessing. For the past few years, I have a mated pair and they have taken on another female. The alpha female gets her nest first and then the beta female gets hers. The same pattern goes with mating and having babies. All feed all the babies. We raised 24 babies last year as each had three nestings and four babies each nest. There was a lot of flying around the barn, a lot of bug eatig and a whole lot of entertainment.

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