There is a nest of barn swallows on the top of the exit sign under the landing outside of my apartment. I am not sure when the barn swallows built the nest. A few weeks ago in the evening, I heard the chirping of the young barn swallows. I looked up and saw their mother flying overhead. They have grown quickly in the last couple of weeks. Yesterday morning, I took some pictures and a couple of short videos. There are four young barn swallows. They are crowded in the nest. They squirmed around and jostled with one another for space the entire time I was watching them. They perched on the side of the nest and stretched their wings.
There was a nest of barn swallows in the same place last summer. One day, I noticed the young ones learning to fly outside of the kitchen window and then they were gone. Last fall, the nest was removed.
The four young barn swallows in their nest, July 27, 2014.
The barn swallow story is continued in “An Empty Nest.”
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