Friday, June 10, 2011

One last post of the Barn Swallow 'kids'


I am happy to report that the little mud nest under our house eave yielded 5 healthy, happy swallow babies.  They fledged this past week.  I was standing below them (turning on the hose connection to fill the horse water buckets) and while talking to them, one couldn't stand the apprehension any longer and flew out!  Wobbly, but still airborne!  The parents went round and round with him/her, showing him/her how to dodge, dip, dive, and dodge while the other 4 remained put.

The next morning, I heard the parent swallows swooping and calling out in front of the nest (I think they were trying to encourage their young to brave the world).  So I stood under the nest for a few moments, clapped my hands, and off they went!  Voila!  Empty nest and lots of swoopin' and hollerin' in the yard.  :) 

That evening I walked past the nest, happened to look up and was so surprised to see 5 little babies staring back at me!  They had returned to the nest to roost at dusk!  They've done so each evening since!  I wonder how long they'll keep coming back home... 

Cute as can be.  Little marble-eyed swoopers.

58 comments:

holdingmoments said...

Cuteness overload here. lol

Lovely pictures, and great news that they all fledged successfully.

Jen said...

They are so sweet. I love animal/nature pics.

Jen

Cathy said...

They are cuties...I'm sure they'll be back next year having a family of their own!

Ruta said...

What a great experience...they are so cute!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

They are incredibly cute.The accommodations look a little crowded.

Picturit said...

Fantastic set of pics love the first one!

Snappy Di said...

OMG... cute photos! An what little beauties they are. Their mama and papa done good.

Di

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Okay, they look a little creepy in the first picture. But they are cute too ;-)

Tammy said...

You saved the best for last! These are great!

Clint said...

I can't tell you how much I love barnswallows.

Deb said...

what a cute little family....

Cindy said...

I never knew they'd go back to the nest like that. Love the pictures and the story to go with them.

Dar said...

Carry on young lady. Your photos beat the band. Loveit!
BlessYourHeart

Margaret said...

Awe. This should be a story book. Loved it. The barn we are leasing a pony at has three nests. I will have to take my camera in and see what I get!

Katie @Pinke Post said...

Interesting they are testing a bit to see if they can really leave home. All I can think about when I see them is how much barn swallow nests I have had to clean up through the years!

Texan said...

How cute they come back in the evening. I like their colors.

I have a nest of something on the front porch up by the roof. It has babies. I don't know what kind of birds. I should get the ladder and try to get some photos.

thesedaysofmine.com said...

They are adorable! Just beautiful little birds; thanks so much for sharing. I would probably have never seen a barn swallow if not for your photos! :)

Jan n Jer said...

Oh how cute can u get!!! Love those big eyes! These are great photos!

Jill said...

That first picture just captured my heart. So glad all is well with your little family!

Sandra said...

the photos and the story and the little marble eyes are amazing, really really amazing.

Jennifer said...

They are so cute. Such an amazing thing to get to watch them grow.

Changes in the wind said...

Oh they are precious...what a awesome experience to share in this part of life.

*Honest Abe said...

Such fabulous photos. I hope they continue to hang together until the proper urge hits them to strike out on their own.

Debbie said...

oooohhhh they are just too cute, even all grown up.

it's getting a tad crowded in that nest...i can't imangine they would come back much longer....

i am always amazed at how fast they grow and go!!

bon bon said...

how sweet is that! i have to chuckle at their little expressions, looking back at the camera. :o)

Stacey Dawn said...

Hi! Thanks for the comment on my POTW!! These swallows are beautiful - reminds me of being at my grandparents house and watching the babies after they were born... so cool!

KAT said...

photos are great..their beaks are so tiny and eyes so big like a blueberry
KAT

Millie said...

That is one full nest, soon to be empty. Congratulations mom and dad barnswallow!

Millie said...

That is one full nest, soon to be empty. Congratulations mom and dad barnswallow!

beth said...

i never realized they came back until two years ago when ours did the same thing.....i LOVE that they do that....and wonder why, when other birds don't....and for how long they keep doing it....

our nests are in area that are so hard to photograph and as soon as we get a bit closer......SWOOSH they fly by so fast that it scares me every time.

Farm Girl said...

Now that is totally cute.

Elizabeth Grimes said...

They are beautiful! Thanks for sharing their progression with us. I loved following them. :)

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

Beautiful eyes and heads in that first photo... they look very hawkish in a tiny way don't they?

Pricilla said...

I love to watch them fly. And they make the happiest of calls.

Julie G. said...

This wonderful post with awesome photographs brought a huge smile to my face. What a glorious experience for you! The little ones are so very precious. Sweetness abounds!

pattisjarrett said...

What beautiful birds they are! (And what great photography)! I'm glad you left the nest so they could come back to rest where they feel safe.

Nancy said...

Love the little "frowns" on their faces -- like, do we have to leave? :)

BumbleVee said...

love their cute little faces peeking straight at you in the first photo....

Peggy said...

Blogger has me hanging on with my last nerve.. hope it soon rights itself. Love the adorable birds. That is my favorite part of spring.. seeing the little ones learning to fly and leave the nest.

Luzia said...

The swallow babies are so sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Thank you for sharing this stunning pics with us:-)) I wish you a wonderful weekend and a lot of fun with all your lovley animals around your farm. Hugs from Luzia.

Frank said...

How fabulous to see the young ones make a confident start to their new lives up in the skies.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

aw, look at those little faces!

very cute!

betty xx

Gone Country said...

Wow! You got some really great shots there! They're so pretty! How neat that you got to see them fledge. I think it's cool that they keep coming back 'home' each evening!

Roan said...

They are gorgeous little creatures. Those eyes are to die for!

joo said...

What can I say? They are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!

Robin said...

T, great shots! Doesn't take them long to grow up and fly away! Gosh, I've got three grand kids that are like that, come to think about it!

Marissa ♥ said...

Oh T! I believe they are some of the prettiest bird babies I've ever seen. Look at those big eyes! It's so sweet that they came back...keep us updated, I'd love to know how long they keep coming back.

wayside wanderer said...

Well, that seemed to happen fast. They are so stinkin' cute! And great shots. I especially like the way you captured their eyes.

Debbie @ Swampbilly Ranch said...

What great photos!! Those eyes are just too much. I don't know how much longer they are all going to be able to fit in there.

Lisa RedWillow said...

aww are they ever sweet. Great shots.

Arija said...

What absolutely superb pictures of your little darlings and isn't it nice that they still come home to roost. So like our own children, even when they are grown up.
A superbly beautiful post.

Negerigeletschtempoit said...

How amazingly beautiful the swallows are, Ms. T.! I had never seen one from this close, and I am impressed!
xxxxx

Larry Ostby said...

Great lookin' family. Look at those eyes.

Rose said...

They are absolutely adorable...in that first shot they remind me of seals. Didn't take the time to read all the comments but wondered if anyone else thought that.

Gail Dixon said...

Amazing how much they've matured in such a short time! They look like barn swallows now. Sweet photos!!

Amila Kanchana said...

It's good news that they are doing so well,and it's quite a sight with them staring with their beady eyes!

MICKAN¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Oooo, it's summer when we have the swallows here.

Gordius picture!

Jo's World said...

This is one of your oldies, but I just love barn swallows! All that swooping and acrobatic flying just does it for me. Cutest kids, too!

Cheers,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

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