Thursday, June 17, 2010

Barn Swallow Nest Building

On May 22, we gave our resident Barn Swallows a helping hand with their nest building by adding a wooden perch. At the end of the season last year, their nest fell onto the porch roof. Fortunately, the three chicks inside were ready to fly and survived.

This time, with the wood base Wayne provided, the pair has been building a new nest. Off and on all month both the male and female birds have been working, bringing in mud and plant material. But it's finally finished.

The female is starting to lay her eggs. And her mate has been spending a lot of time on the swim ladder singing to her. They are really a loving pair. It's going to be fun to watch the family grow throughout the summer. With a more secure footing for their nest, it hopefully will be a much safer one as well.

Do you have nesting birds to watch? -- Margy


  1. Margy, how nice of hubby to construct a perch for the adorable birds. We have two nests in our grape vine, but are puzzled as to who the residents are. Think they might have moved on already.

  2. I watched a mother starling feeding to fluffy fat babies on the hanging basket bird feeder at my music room window today - nearer enough to touch.

  3. Hi, Margy! Always enjoy your stories and pics and wanted to let you know I've given you an award on my blog today. It's at:

  4. Lorie - Our tree swallows worked on nests in the bird houses but have abandoned them. I'm not sure why.

    Ann - How neat to have a bird feeder. I worry about using one because we aren't always at the cabin. I'd hate them to depend on me and then I'm gone.

    Diane - Thanks so much for the special honour! You are so sweet.


  5. How exciting, make sure you keep us updated.


  6. What a sweet thing to do for your birds! Now you have the pleasure of their company! Good for you and good for the birds!

  7. How funny, I was just observing some nesting barn swallows the day before yesterday, and I posted pictures of them on my blog:

    Aren't they such beautiful, delicate little birds? I could watch them for hours.

  8. Yes, I'll keep everyone posted as the summer progresses. They are so much fun to watch. I go out on the deck every morning to see what's up. - Margy