Thursday, June 22, 2006

Violet-green Swallow hatchlings

Today is the "big day" for the Violet-green Swallows -- at least some of the six eggs hatched this morning. Three heads can be seen here, and the female adult is alternately going out to find some food for them, and then spending a few minutes warming them. The male has also come in a few times, but I have not yet seen him feeding the young. He spends most of his time outside keeping watch from his perch on the telephone wire.


At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Tom Escue said...

Have you ever had scrub jays rob the next? I have a nest box outside my window and house sparrows tried to raise two different clutches but both were attacked by scrub jays which killed the hatchlings. The scrubs don't appear to eat the sparrows.
I suppose a smaller entry hole might keep the scrubs out of the box.
Tom Escue

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous The Flycatcher said...

I now make my nestbox opening about 7/8 in. high by 2 1/2 in. wide. This makes it so tight for the male House Sparrow that they soon give up trying to use the box. I make the box about 10 in. wide and only about 3 in. deep below the opening, which I place off-center. This means that the swallows can nest in a far corner and the jays have no chance of reaching the young birds.

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Sarah grace porter said...

dear floyd I think the violet green swallow babys are so cute.


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