Family of Swallows

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Family of Swallows

  • I revisited a swallows nest today (Sat 14 July 2018) to see if I could get some photos of the swallows that had hatched only a week earlier, and here are the results.

    Now where's your dad gone this time, just when we are having our family portrait?

  • Beautiful photos of these new nestlings, nature is wonderful !

  • HAZY

    Beautiful photos of these new nestlings, nature is wonderful !

    Isn't it just wonderful, and yet our higher archy are happy to destroy it in the name of progress and blame us for not caring...

  • do you think this is a second brood, ours area all growed up and flying (well sometimes they need knocking off their perches).

    Lovely pictures

  • Lovely pics Mike, grand to see them doing well.

  • Very nice Mike.

  • Bobs_Still_Retired

    do you think this is a second brood, ours area all growed up and flying (well sometimes they need knocking off their perches).

    Lovely pictures

    Talking to some of the volunteers at Baddesley, the swallows were late arriving, this year, and there were concerns they may have not made the long journey. So my guess is; its the first brood.

    Whatever, late breeding or second breeding, it was a pleasure to capture on camera the chicks at such a young age.

  • gaynorsl

    Lovely pics Mike, grand to see them doing well.

    Thank you, lets hope they mature quickly enough for the  big flight south, due very soon.

  • James

    Very nice Mike.

    Thank you James, as I said to Gaynor in an earlier reply, lets hope the mature enough for the big flight south, very soon.

  • Sadly, we had no swallows this year. I also monitor our house martin nests and I thought, for the first time in 16 years, we had no nesting pairs. One nest was occupied earlier this year by tree sparrows (who had two broods) but about 3 weeks ago, house martins started to visit. I thought they might be chicks from nearby nests  roosting overnight, as we've seen this behaviour before. But I found 3 'broken' (hatched) house martin eggs below the nest this morning so I can hopefully look forward to 3 chicks this year. It's not the latest 'hatch' I've had (which was 13 August - the third brood of an established pair) but it is the latest 'first brood' from a very late new pairing (unless it was an established pair who lost their original nest?). Any observations welcome!