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Barn swallow chicks demanding attention. I didn't want to be a Peeping Tom too long so I don't know if the squeaky chick got the worm...

What I have learned about Barn Swallows is that both the male and female build the nest cup using mud. They collect mud in their bills and often mix it with grass stems to make pellets. They first construct a small shelf to sit on, then build up the nest’s sides. If built against a wall or other vertical surface the result is a semicircular, half-cup shape. Nests built on top of a beam or other horizontal surface form a complete cup about 3 inches across at the rim and 2 inches deep. The birds line the cup first with grass, then feathers, and in colonies may steal nest-lining materials from neighboring nests. When reusing nests, Barn Swallows clean out old feathers and add new mud to the nest’s rim.

Swallow parents sometimes get help from other birds to feed their young. These “helpers at the nest” are usually older siblings from previous clutches, but unrelated juveniles may help as well.

My source:
www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/barn_swallow/lifehistory

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    I am sure you must be beaming with pride, this photo truly is a wondrous vision that nature has to show us here in Wilderness Trails.

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    Great shot!

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  16. Closet Scot 22 months ago | reply

    I am sure you must be beaming with pride, this photo truly is a wondrous vision that nature has to show us here in Wilderness Trails.

  17. Jawdoc 21 months ago | reply

    this one fits the bill perfectly...cool splash of yellow

  18. N.Clark 12 months ago | reply

    Interesting information and fabulous capture of the three hungry baby swallows! They are adorable!

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