Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Bye-Bye Birdie Bye Bye

The baby birds have flown the coop. We returned to the cabin last week and saw both broods still snug in their nests.

A Violet-Green Tree Swallow baby had his head sticking out of the hole of the birdhouse on our shed. Mom and Dad were busy flying sorties with tasty bugs for his (by now) big mouth. Then the next morning, no one was left at the nest. I don’t know how many babies there were since only one at a time was visible. Unfortunately, we missed the takeoff.

Up above at the peak of the cabin, two large babies were visible in the Barn Swallow nest. Again, the next morning both were out flying. Unlike the tree swallows, the Barn Swallow babies are still hanging around. They like to perch under the porch, on the garden float and on our many floating log stumps. They are so much fun to watch.

Meanwhile, Mom and Dad are busy readying the nest for another brood. They rebuilt the sides to make it larger. Now Mom is sitting again, and Daddy Bert is singing his heart out to his lovely lady and taking some time out for a little home-grown fun.

That is, when he isn’t out amusing himself on the playground equipment. -- Margy


  1. I just love this. We have several nesting sites we can watch, but they're all sparrows--the squirrels/cockroaches of the bird world. Still, it's enormous fun to watch the greedy babies run their parents ragged, and more than once we've been able to watch the final launch to adulthood. Thanks for posting these much more interesting activities.

  2. I never tire of watching the young mature and fledge, these are wonderful photos Margy, especially the two barn swallows!
    Thanks for sharing and have a great week.

  3. Wow the baby birds are big, their mom and dads are taking good care of them.

  4. Like you, we did not get to see our baby swallows leave, either. It literally happened overnight. But we know they will be back next year and we will be ready for them with a clean birdhouse.

  5. Wow! Amazing sight....