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These are my closest neighbors... and are they ever messy.

 

I am not sure just how many years in a row I have had barn swallows nesting by my front door but it is at least for the last six or seven years, possibly eight. Today, I decided to take some pictures.

 

Although the mother, or father, bird did not like my activity, she, or he, didn't even make a fuss.

 

 

 

Momma Bird

 

Curious Chick

 

Barn Swallow Chicks

 

Chicks Mirrored

 

 

 

This last picture was taken using a mirror. The picture was flipped upside down so it would look more or less normal, even if a bit blurry. In the larger picture you can make out at least four chicks.

 

I only tried two shots with the mirror and both turned out blurry. I did not want to upset the little fellows too much, or keep the parents away for too long, so I may try for a better shot in a day or two after they have had plenty of time to relax.

 

 

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Soon To Be Flying

 

 

This one came out a little better than the last shots. It looks like they will be flying soon. In fact, one or two of them may already be out on flying lessons now. I have been hearing excited chatter from the parent birds the last couple days. There are a few reasons they get excited, eggs hatching, baby birds leaving the nest on their first flight lessons, and a hungry, outdoor, cat getting too close to their nest. The last one I can help with. "Shoo cat!"  

 

 

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Much better picture. They are very pretty birds. Thanks for the nature update.
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