All the people around us say Swallow numbers are down this year. We will have to wait to see if this is a a blip or a trend.
It was late in the season when one pair finally moved into the woodshed
They seemed to be first-timers as they were easily disturbed and we had to move out all the feed bins to minimise disturbance.
They did not even have to make their own “pendent bed, or procreant cradle” as they took advantage of the ready made nest
She did manage to successfully hatch four eggs
The day before yesterday they were coaxed out of the nest and on to a beam
They have been on a few experimental flights, mainly learning how to fly through any handy doorways leading to sheds or the house.
Mainly though they prefer sitting on the beam
And this evening they were all back in their nest out of the rain.