The location of the Barn Swallow nests was a mystery this summer. The old nests were still there, but empty. (Had the European Starling cursed the building by hanging himself there?)
They visited regularly in the spring, to swoop down and carry off small chicken feathers for their nest building at an undisclosed site.
Suddenly this week, we have fledglings! There are about thirty of them, sitting on the wires or splashing down onto the pond to bathe in mid-flight. So cute!
Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica): the most wide-spread swallow, from Canada to South America, as well as Europe, Asia, and north Africa.
The juveniles have shorter tails than the adults, and are paler.
In other baby news, Shannon finally gave birth! So maybe she's through throwing up for a while.
Interesting info on Barn Swallows, from someone who makes artificial nests for them.
More interesting stuff about other birds' nesting activity, from the same site.
Some great Barn Swallow photos.