STAFF BLOG WILDWINGS Off the nest
Did I mention most nesting is over? Even the cliff swallows are no longer loyal to their homes under the bridges anymore. I'm not even sure they are roosting in them. Swallows are gathering in gr... Posted on 8/10/09 at 9:38 AM
Fall might be the worst of times for bird lovers. It might be the best of times. It would be the best of times because the great spectacle of the bird world lies in the immediate future, and we have a ringside seat. This is the annual waterfowl migration.
Barn swallows have nested on two separate buildings, and they seem to be competing for air space. They’ve certainly become more determined to guard their own territories. Both broods have hatched, but the young are still confined to nests. Perhaps, that explains the adult birds’ aggressive behavior toward passing birds, cats and people. We have a third pair of swallows. These are cliff swallows who have built on to a nest that still another pair of barn swallows abandoned earlier in the season.
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