Thursday, May 11, 2006

Beetles in the Swallow nestbox

Yesterday was a very interesting day inside the nestbox of the Violet-green Swallows. The female brought in at least seven live beetles of at least four different kinds. Five are visible in this photo. She obviously didn't want to kill them or eat them. She occasionally would pick one up and drop it again. Then she would just stand still for several minutes, seemingly just to watch them crawl around in her house. Her purpose in doing this is still a mystery as far as I know.


At 11:17 AM, Anonymous Sarah Porter said...

dear floyd I wonder why the bird would bring 7 beetels in her nest if she isn't going to eat them ? perhaps she likes to watch them crawl around the floor. I gess that I would like to watch them also.


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