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.