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bodger

Our swallows.

They're every ones swallows of course but as in most years, this year we have a number of pairs of these very special birds staying with us for the all too short summer. They stay and nest in and around the outbuildings before flying off to warmer climes.
One couple have found a new nesting site this year under the eaves of our stable block. It seems to have been a good choice and so far, its working for them. I took this snap last night just before it went dark. The parent birds were still out getting that last mouthful of insects.








The nest has been made with a special compound supplied by Pru the pig. I've been able to watch the swallows picking poopy mud from the pig wallow and carrying pieces of straw. The nest also has the draw string from an animal feed back incorporated in its construction.
sandrar

Is that a recent photo Bodger - quite a late hatch.

'Our' youngest brood fledge a week or so ago. Unlike you we have had fewer nest this year., although each pair have managed 2 broods.

I miss them when they've gone, the swifts have already flown.
Seabird

'My' second brood is at about the same stage as yours bodger.....I'm hoping they'll hang on till after the weekend before fledging so the grandkids can see them all lined up on the beams.
bodger

sandrar wrote:
Is that a recent photo Bodger - quite a late hatch.

'Our' youngest brood fledge a week or so ago. Unlike you we have had fewer nest this year., although each pair have managed 2 broods.

I miss them when they've gone, the swifts have already flown.


Yup. I took it last night. Its definately their second round of hatching but a new site. I'd rather have them in their new abode than in the old barn where they poop on everything.
chicken feed

this year has seen record numbers around the farm inc 2 nests in the pig sheds. the latest hatch flew last week.

the best sight was 42 swallows lined up on over head cables not sure on the full count this year as some were still in flight.

whilst they are a welcome sight around the farm i wont miss having my hair parted as i go in and they go out !
Seabird

chicken feed wrote:
this year has seen record numbers around the farm inc 2 nests in the pig sheds. the latest hatch flew last week.

the best sight was 42 swallows lined up on over head cables not sure on the full count this year as some were still in flight.

whilst they are a welcome sight around the farm i wont miss having my hair parted as i go in and they go out !


Yes - I frequently have to duck as they come swooping in and out of the stable door like starfighters from Star Wars!
bodger

An update on those swallows, I took these pictures this afternoon.


















A day or two should see them leave the nest.
Scottie

Brilliant  
Digindeep

They don't look too chuffed at you being there Bodger...did you say "Cheese " before you took the pics.....      
Border

I generally nail/screw a piece of plywood under the nests to catch all the poo, saves cleaning up, when they have left the nest.
bodger

I didn't bother, I'm used to being in the sh**!
I fed Pru pig  some choice tit bits this afternoon and didn't bother changing into my wellies before I did. Now my  only pair of decent going out shoes are smelling some what ripe.
12Bore

 
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