Bird on a wire

Sorry if I haven’t got around to visiting your site yet, I will do soon. I am just having a slow start to the day. An hour here or there shouldn’t make that much difference, should it? That is what I am telling myself 🙂

I have been watching my birds.

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

Barn SwallowRosa has been getting my attention. I was wrong about what she was doing. She has constructed a new nest and the reason is obvious now.

As my landlord commented to me this morning, “I think one of your birds has died, I can smell the beggar.” Yes there is an evident smell in the passage that they nest in. I picked up two dead chicks from under the nest a couple of days ago and at the time I wondered where the others were. They are still in the old nest. She must have been unable to throw them out and that explains her distress. She was still crying yesterday but she is okay today. I haven’t heard that call once today.

She has built a new nest on the opposite side of the passage. All of the birds helped make it. I saw the young from the first brood collecting grass and twigs for it.

This is a very short video of Rosa on her new nest. I want it for the song, This is the joyful sound that has filled my flat all summer.


It is very short but I can just keep clicking replay and I am happy 🙂

The bird in the pictures above was an adult male (long tail feathers) this next one is one of this years fledglings.

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

Barn SwallowYou can tell the new birds because they don’t have the long tail streamers yet. Go on, show us your tail.

Barn Swallow

Barn SwallowThank you 🙂

Barn Swallow

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10 thoughts on “Bird on a wire”

    1. Thank you Emilio 🙂 That was a really interesting post. The Swallows that I am closest to nest in a passage (kind of a tunnel) and fly out if I go anywhere near but they allow me to leave a camera set up to video them. I liked the sound recordings They sound quite different from Barn Swallows, interesting stuff.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing your bird on a wire. And no, an hour here nor there shouldn’t make that much difference, but it sure does! Here it is, night already. It seems like I just got up!

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    1. Thank You Sandi 🙂 Sorry that I take so long to reply. I am glad that you liked the Swallows. I am just reading your blog now. Where is “here” You mention heading out to North Carolina in one post but that is an old memory later you moved to the country. Southern United States I am guessing 🙂 I like to know what birds and plants people have.

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      1. Hi Colin!
        So glad to hear from you. I moved from Newark, Delaware to High Point, North Carolina. Both are on the Eastern Coast. Later we moved to the country in Trinity, North Carolina, twenty minutes from High Point. Not that far, but far enough. I love the country though. Always have.

        We have Bluebirds, yellow finches, Cardinals and Robins. Deer roam our backyard as well as bunnies, squirrels, foxes, coyotes, skunks, groundhogs, chipmunks, and opossums. We have owls, hawks, and redheaded woodpeckers. We enjoy nature. We don’t live far from the Blue Ridge mountains where there are plenty of Black Bears and Bobcats. And of course there are plenty of snakes of all kinds, mostly Blacksnakes, Rattlesnakes and Water Moccasins.

        I think you have a pretty good idea of the critters in our area. Been great chatting with you. I so enjoyed your blog. The foxes and Badgers are so adorable to watch. Those foxes laser eyes are like flashlights! Nature is amazing . . . better than a lot of people I know!

        Take care, Colin
        Sandi

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