Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tree Swallows Leave Nest

You may recall from the previous post, we've been watching the comings and goings of a pair of tree swallows this spring and summer. First, there was the courting and choosing of a suitable apartment, then came the nest-building and egg laying. Later came the rebuilding and starting over after another bird got in and destroyed the first clutch of eggs.

Time passed. We started hearing baby cheep-cheeps and as the young ones matured, they began poking their little heads out for a look at their new world, always waiting with open beaks for the next tasty insect.

Today hubby was in the right place at the right time to actually see the inaugural flight of the two fledglings as first one, then the other launched from the box, taking to the air like pros as they followed their parents up into the blue yonder. We didn't catch it on film, but I just had to tell you!

Such a special day,


  1. Oh how fun. We have a beautiful cardinal couple with eggs. The momma is sitting on the eggs and I can't see them but HH says they are about ready to hatch. I tried to get a picture of the nest today, but it didn't show up well. HH asked me to be very careful around that bird nest. I don't want to mess things up.

  2. how fun to watch rick watch the birds take their first flights...almost like being there.

  3. Did Rick feel like a proud Papa?
    I was excited when "our" brood flew the coop.

  4. It's good that you got to see the little ones before they left. We had tree sparrows too, and while we heard their chicks peeping, we never saw them fly.


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