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Swallows: Building the Nest

June 10, 2013

And then there are the birds that migrate and that rely on insects for food. Like the swallows. They are just starting their nests and laying eggs. We won’t see their young until July. The Eastern Kingbirds and Cedar Waxwings returned only a week and a half ago. Their young will fledge in July too. Kingbird families will stay together well into August. A short and intense breeding season.

Here are some photos of swallows gathering nesting material.

Getting just the right mud and straw

Getting just the right mud and straw

So much to do and so little time

So much to do and so little time

Nothing is ever easy

Tree Swallow: Nothing is ever easy

At the nest

Tree Swallow  at the nest

Building a cozy nest

Tree Swallow: building a cozy nest

Cliff Swallows gathering mud.  A photo from last year.

Cliff Swallows gathering mud. A photo from last year.

Cliff Swallows collecting mud for nests

Cliff Swallows collecting mud for nests

Violet Green Swallow male looking for twigs in the mud

Violet Green Swallow male looking for twigs in the mud

all photos and writing copyright Joanne Siderius 2013

2 Comments
  1. Nice, Joanne! I love the Violet Green Swallow!

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