Every year we have 3 pairs of Barn Swallows that come back to nest. One pair always nests above our front door, where the other two pairs nest is still a mystery to us! But we do see them in the early morning and late evenings, catching their food on the fly! Yesterday Mom and Dad decided it was time to teach their babies to fly! I tried to get pictures of them, but Mom who was doing most of the teaching, was not cooperating! Mom and Dad both will fly along side the young as they are learning to fly, I think it is to teach them to catch their own dinner!
I did get one of Dad, he is slightly larger than Mom!
Here are two photos of the four babies in their nest above our front door!
As you can see we put up a small piece of wood 2 years ago to help them out, they rebuild their nest every year and some years it would just fall down. Either they or their children return every year without fail. Every fall they leave and go further south for the winter.
I love watching them as they fly along snagging their food in the air! The babies return to the nest every evening, until they are ready to be on their own! They also sit on the edge of the nest to poop, which I collect and add to my compost heap! I hope you enjoyed my little photo essay, because without these wonderful birds my summer would not be the same!