The last week in July was an exciting time for the young barn swallows. When I checked on them at lunch time on Tuesday, their parents were having a discussion. While the elders chirped at one another, the young Barn Swallows sunk down into the nest.
I looked up at the nest early on Wednesday morning as I left for a run. The young barn swallows were tucked in the nest and waiting on their breakfast. As I walked up the stairs at the end of the run, my throat tightened. The nest was empty! How could they have left without saying goodbye?
I went into my apartment for the camera. As I was photographing the empty nest, the barn swallow Mom flew in and perched on the edge of the nest. She flew away. Then, the barn swallow Dad flew in and rested on the top of a nearby hallway light. I was wondering why the parents would still be around if the young ones were gone. I looked down through the stairs. Three of the four young barn swallows were perched on the railing under the stairs! The entrance hallway was full of energetic chirping and the flapping of wings for the rest of the day. The aunts, the uncles, the cousins, and the older siblings of the young barn swallows came through to help them learn how to fly.
Thursday was much like Wednesday. On Thursday evening, I went down to check on them. I heard the young ones chirping, but they weren’t in the nest or on the railing. Following the noise, I found all four of the young barn swallows resting on a pipe near the ceiling in the hallway behind the nest. I was happy to find out that all four of them had survived the first two days away from the nest. The last time I saw them perched on the pipe was early on Friday morning.
(This is the second part of the barn swallow story. The first part is in the post “Barn Swallows.”)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The Barn Swallow Mom and Dad having a conversation while the young Barn Swallows watch from their nest, July 29, 2014.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The young Barn Swallows learning to fly, July 30, 2014. This was their first day out of the nest.
Friday, August 1, 2014
I still see barn swallows flying overhead or through the building hallways. I miss the young ones. I am happy that I was able to watch them grow up for a little while. They will start their long flight south soon.
Take care and thanks for reading.