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Our latest batch of baby swallows


This is always one of the happiest days of the year in our garden. Mum chooses a day when there is a west wind to persuade her fledglings to take to the air. Dad and older siblings help with feeding the latest arrivals. There were three new babies and I could not tear myself away from the aeriel display which makes the Red Arrows look like amateurs.

The new babies manage to land

Mum is hunting for food

Where is she?

Here she is. Me first

Here she is again

Now you see her now you don’t

It is hard to keep your balance in this wind

Please don’t leave me alone

Oooh it is a long way down

Should I fly?

Its mum again

I made it. I turned 180 degrees

Where is that mobile snack van then?

Here I am

That is good

Its quite scary out here.

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Oh, so many. It's nice to see them thriving.

8 Jul, 2010


Beatifully captured photos Sg. thanks you, amazing birds aren't they?

8 Jul, 2010


We don't have anything like the numbers we used to have, so these are very precious. We lost our sparrows for a few years but last year they took over the swallows nests under the eaves.There was a lot of squabbling before they settled down. This year we supplied extra bird boxes and have already had a brood of coal tits in one and sparrows in another. We cut down a lot of trees so have had to fix the boxes to sheds and posts. We have all kinds of birds frequenting the garden. We have a lot of wrens and they are not timid as they used to be in the past. I do like to see them.

8 Jul, 2010


That is lovely, we need to protect our fluffy creatures as their numbers are dwindling, do you belong to RSPB?

8 Jul, 2010


I was surprised to find the adults actually go away for short breaks to Holland if the weather here is inclement and they come back with food from there. My husband was in the Merchant Navy many moons ago and he said it was a sight to see when the swallows roosted on the ship for the night.

8 Jul, 2010


Oh thats amazing bless them, they work so hard for their young dont they!

8 Jul, 2010


No I am too busy. The children were in the YOC Young Ornithologists Club when they were small and we often went birding at the RSPB site at Vane Farm near Kinross. That is a good site because you get the birds in the loch (Loch Leven) and then you can walk up the hill and spot all sorts of others. They had a healthy swallow population flying in and out of the barns completely ignoring the visitors.

8 Jul, 2010


In the autumn the older birds leave first for South Africa then up to a month later the younger ones follow. It is an amazing spectacle to see the birds gathering on the telephone wires as they join up to fly together in convoy almost. Are you in the RSPB.

8 Jul, 2010


Used to be but it was an expense we had to dispose of !

8 Jul, 2010


Join the club. There seems to be so many demands on your time when you retire you tend to forget they also have financial implications.

8 Jul, 2010


I was lucky enough to watch six on my fence mum didnt feed everytime it was as if she was showing them how its done.Great to watch isnt it.

8 Jul, 2010


Lovely blog & pics Scotsgran, beautiful birds :-))

8 Jul, 2010


Great blog and lovely pics Scotsgran!

8 Jul, 2010


Thank you all for your kind comments. It is hard to imagine how these birds survive the rigours of their lives.

8 Jul, 2010


What lovely photos Scotsgran of lovely birds. You are so right about the Red Arrows, AND those sweet little fledglings will fly all the way to Africa at the end of summer here. Isn't it amazing how they do that, no one tells them the way or gives them maps or sat navs.

9 Jul, 2010

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