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they are black with brown chests and they are putting mud and sticks on the side awning of the house. I don't know if they are trying to build nests or what? But they hold on to the sides with their tails and also have some orange on thier chests and necks. The photo is not that good I took it from inside the house, i'll try to get a better one.
I have really enjoyed watching from my computer desk.. you know, the funny thing is, at 5:00 PM, they quit working.. I kid you not. I don't know why, but you just do not see them around after that time.
I take a photo of them in the nest.. sometimes they look like they are hiding.
You're going to love watching them raise their young as threes said. Last year our couple raised two broods on our high ceiling front porch. The babies fledged to the ceiling fan on our back porch and the breeze just kept them going around like a birdie merry-go-round. I just kept spraying my porch surfaces (they are messy) and loving every minute of it. They ate lots of mosquitoes and other bugs - so I called them our natural pest control system. I'll try to post a pic of them. This year they returned, but some bird attacked their nest and killed one of them and the eggs. I was so sad, and still am. I noticed last week that a single swallow has been sleeping in the nest. I'm hoping the widow/widower is courting a new spouse and there will be new babies.
Anyone know what bird might have attacked the nest?
pelletory - house sparrows would kill another bird? There is a sparrow nest in the roof eaves around the corner from the porch. I may have to talk seriously to the sparrows... You can have my eaves if you leave the swallows alone.
Tonight there were two swallows sleeping in the nest (built in spring '06) for the first time - which means maybe the widow/widower has found another mate. Hoping for more swallow babies this year, if so.
here are the babies two weeks ago, I accidently stepped on one about a week before this photo, it fell out and I was watering and did not see it... what an awful feeling that was.. one of the birds (mom or dad) came and looked like it was counting them and knew one was missing..
On this day, it was sooooo hot here, the three were hanging their heads out of the nest alseep, I thought they were dead..lol, their necks were so weak.. but they were just getting air I guess.. they heard me and quickly went inside the nest. I think there are four of them but not real sure. Three are pictured here, the momma doesn't really fit in there anymore.
Quoting:I had it in my brain, that birds didn't live very long
A lot don't; birds like sparrows rarely make it past 3-5 years. Swallows are a bit longer-lived, some others even longer. Seabirds are the longest-lived, some fulmars and shearwaters are known to be over 50 years old.
I've just started learning about Butterflies and birds and ordered three books on them.. and now, there is a hummingbird that has an all black head to his neck.. I just looked it up and promptly forgot the name.. I need to start writing it down..
Anyway, he has been here for about three weeks now and the one with the yellow gold chest isn't around. I don't know if this one scared it off.
Yes, that is it, Black-chinned Hummgingbird. Will he stay around? Last year the yellow one (Rufous) was here most of the summer, he was the boss of the feeders. I put out three feeders and am making some more. I got some neat ideas from some small green vials that hold fresh cut flowers, the feeder parts fit right into it and you can stick them in at an angle in your flower pots where ever you want.. I'll go take a photo the vials.
I have a pair of Barn Swallows that return every year. This is their nest, it's kind of dark in the barn so the pic is a little dark. All of that long stuff hanging down from the nest is my hair!
We also have a Starling that nests in this hole in the Cottonwood tree. The branch started dying so DH cut it off and there was this hole in the center. She started nesting in there about 3 yrs ago and returns every spring, she's in there right now as a matter of fact.
I also have this nest in an apple tree. We didn't know it was there until the leaves fell off last fall. I don't know what kind of nest it is but it's made up of mud and twigs. It amazes me that the wind over the winter didn't blow it off of the limb. It doesn't look like it would stay there but it does!