This years fledglings

The Swallows nested under the front doors porch eave. Then once it became to small they decamped en mass to the shed. They are now on the hoist for my bicycle, since removed for obvious reasons.


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9 Responses to This years fledglings

  1. Kimberly says:

    Wow! They look grown up. What has it been, about 2 months since yours arrived? Are these all siblings or does this shot include the parents too? It’s fascinating that they know where to come back to each year. Do they seem to nest in the same spot (porch to shed) each year as well?

    • V.H says:

      These are the kids. Ma and Pa are to the left on the light cable. I thought that this year I’d lost them, but the shed draws them. But yes, one or the other.
      I surprise myself at how pleased I am on their return.

      • Kimberly says:

        I bet. Even though it’s probably entirely instinctual, it’s kind of sweet that they return to your place each time. You must be a good host. 🙂

        • V.H says:

          About 15 years ago farmers changed how they managed the grassland. Where once the weedkillers took out anything other than the grasses and then fertiliser forced growth, all destroying the habitat of insects. Once they stopped the spiral they were on, for each year it took a little more to achieve what they had the previous one, and allowed nature to reestablish itself they found that they had greater actual return in their pockets. Less in the in-out of the bank, granted. But actual return was greater.
          How this connects with my birds is simple. The birds are both controlled and supported by the insects. The insects work the soil making it accessible to roots, a bit like a gardener twiddling to loosen the soil.

          • Kimberly says:

            Those weedkillers and pesticides are just bad. I understand the need or the perceived need, but your story there is a really concentrated example of the havoc it wreaks. They’re not just dangerous to consume but also screw around with the entire ecosystem. There have been a lot of reports recently about how bees in certain areas are dying due to the chemicals.
            It took some time to get your grasslands back in good shape, but it’s good that it was possible.

            • V.H says:

              Many farmers have moved to organics here. Our farms aren’t big enough to play the high throughput low return of the Midwestern USA. But it took them years to get the message. You see the cooperative creameries created a false reality where 300 farm output was treated as one.

  2. Kelly says:

    How funny…they moved to a larger home, just like people do (only with people it’s usually when they add kids, not size to those kids!).

    • V.H says:

      I suspect that they find a roost, but in truth I’d never really thought where the first clutch gets to. They are about for a bit and then you don’t see them while the next brood are hatching.

  3. V.H says:

    Can I comment on my own blog.

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