Thursday, July 2, 2009

Barn Swallows

Recently my daughter was staying at a friends house for a sleepover. She had taken the bus there after school so I had to go pick her up in the morning. Upon arriving and walking up to the front porch this is what I saw:



As I walked up onto the porch I thought for sure they would fly away so I inched up ever so slowly until ....

Isn't he such a handsome fella?





And she is an absolute angel with those big beautiful eyes staring down


Within a few moments of taking the picture he flew over into their nest to watch over the eggs


Seeing them zoom in and out of the porch right in front of me was an amazing sight!


And over in the other corner sat this sweet pair. He had his eye on her, and me, though his eyes are very difficult to photograph


Jeff, the dad of my daughters friend, said it takes them a month to build the nest! He told me it's a real sight watching them bring in the mud by the mouthful. His neighbor puts up boards on his deck so the Barn Swallows can't nest but Jeff and his family embrace nature, and they should considering there is an enormous, beautiful field behind their home with the most incredible sunsets!



To see what happens next, head on over to Journey Through Grace. Jayne's posts of Barn Swallows from yesterday and the day before are wonderful! Then again, all her posts are wonderful.




* After another soggy, wet, cloudy day today it appears we will actually see the sun tomorrow! Oh please lets hope the forecasters know what they're talking about!!!

23 comments:

Jayne said...

Oh Sharon, those are so wonderful!! It made me smile so broadly to see that nest tucked in a place that looks just like my porch. Oh, I so hope...
Thanks for the shout out and for sharing this sweet couple and their nesting.

A New England Life said...

Morning Jayne!
I thought you might enjoy this post. I loved yours! They are such wonderful, aerodynamic birds. Wish I had a porch to let them nest in. You are so lucky!

BTW, sorry for putting in Kerry's name (I changed it). Not sure what I was thinking since I knew your name was Jayne, but it's early and I only had 6 hours of sleep so that sounds like a good excuse ; )

Sharon

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

Amazing how they just sat so still and watched you. They must be used to seeing people coming and going from the house. Great shots, Sharon and sending sunshine your way... AGAIN... sheesh, time for that rainy cycle to end up there in your area.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

J.G. said...

Goodness, when I first saw the picture I thought they were part of the lamps! So symmetrical. How lovely to discover they are a real nesting pair. Nature is the prettiest ornament.

Tutta la Storia said...

I thought for sure in that first picture that they weren't real, and that the lamps had been crafted that way! FABULOUS!

Erin said...

what a great post sharon...so enjoyed seeing the swallows :)

Cedar ... said...

Now those are my kind of people. Once a bird built a nest on my porch light,... I refused to turn it on until the babies had fledged. Nature is where it is all at.

Kerri said...

These are great Sharon! In that first shot they look like the are guarding the door!

Nancy and the fatties said...

Wonderful! What a cool birthday present to find the photogenic swallows all ready to pose for you, Sharon.
xxxooo

Laura said...

And you had your camera with you? How cool! At first I thought they were fake the way they are perched on the light. Great pictures!

Carolynn said...

I LOVE barn swallows. They're so beautiful, and perky, and swift. Good for you for getting such great photos! I especially like the one with the little fellow perched on the light.

Jeff's neighbour isn't very clever...swallows help to keep the insect population down and with a nest full of hungry mouths to feed, they came make a big difference.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I also thought they weere part of the light fixtures at first.:)
Hope you get some sunshine.
Glenda

Helena said...

What wonderful photos!

Cindy said...

Beautiful birds. What a treat to have seen them so closeup.

The Retired One said...

I loved these photos. I know some other people that don't like having them next because they haul mud up in corners, but I think it is neat that the family you wrote about it like them there and allow them there.
They are handsome birds...I loved that they looked straight in your camera lens for a shot of them!

Becky said...

I don't think I've ever seen a barn swallow. They are beautiful and sleek looking! Thanks for sharing your find with us!

Bernie said...

I find that people who love to photograph find the most amazing surprises....It shows all the beauty one can find when they look for it....love these photos and respect your daughter's friend and her parents for letting nature surround them....:-) Hugs

Chatelaine said...

I'm glad you had your camera with you to capture the moment. They are such a sweet couple!

Happy 4th!

A New England Life said...

Thank you all for stopping by and leaving such wonderful comments. I'm sure the birds would be happy to know they are so appreciated : )

Wish I had the opportunity to go back and take more updated photos but that hasn't happened. Jayne's blog certainly shows how wonderful the Barn Swallow babies are though!

Sharon

hip chick said...

the herons are off Pine St. or Rd. in Brentwood which is by the new High school. I don't remember exactly how we walked in because I was with my husband. If you e-mail me I will give you better directions. I won't be around much this week though.

Cindy said...

The swallows look like they are part of the light fixtures in the first photo. They certaily are cool birds to watch fly. Great shots.

susan said...

I just "stumbled" here..and love seeing the swallow pictures. They must have gotten used to people to allow you that close. This is such a good lesson for the kids ( and interesting for adults too) Thanks for the pictures!

Phyllis said...

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for stopping by.

Aren't those little swallows beautiful? Some people complain about all the mess they make but I'd sure put up with it to have them that close to me.

Have a great weekend!