Tree Swallows Nesting

Monday, June 10, 2013,

A few posts back, I mentioned that many birds make use of the Bluebird boxes at Avalon Preserve. Here are some shots of a pair of Tree Swallows who have claimed one of those boxes for their own. In the shot above, the female has just returned to the box with a likely-sized twig for the nest she’s building. 

This shot shows the male keeping watch over the box. He does a lot of this. Apparently, you can’t trust the neighbors. This kind of thinking from a swallow nesting inside a Bluebird house. Go figure.


Alien At The Porthole

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sweetbriar Nature Center has several bluebird boxes in the open fields. Unfortunately, we don’t get many bluebirds. Or any, to be more precise. The boxes are still put to good use by other species.

This female Tree Swallow is raising her brood in one. She doesn’t care that the box is for bluebirds. She’s not proud. What she is is hot. That’s why she’s gaping in the lower pic. Three o’clock in the afternoon inside a 6x6x12 oven in the open sun and you’d be gasping for a breeze at the window too. Not to mention her pretty-boy mate. Oh sure, he’s handy with the occasional feeding but he barely helped build the nest and he never takes a turn at sitting the kids. He’s perched on a shady branch and singing. Singing. Well, singing don’t feed the brood and it sure as heckfire doesn’t get her out of that box and into a nice cool grove of trees, now does it? Typical male behavior. Her mother told her it would be like this and her mother was right. Those Tree Swallows are all the same. All woo and no work. JK