Friday, May 6, 2011

They're Back!


I held my breath as I drove to the back of the store where the swallow nests were last year.

Since these nests and birds are very messy, many businesses knock the nests down.

Indeed, half of the nests were gone but the others remain and are very, very busy!








I'll be checking back in on the action soon!

Hope you have a happy day!


56 comments:

Vanilla Mama said...

How very cool! I have NEVER seen swallow nests before. Thanks for sharing.

slommler said...

How cool is that?
Hugs
SueAnn

Nancy said...

I think I might be wearing a plastic poncho when visiting that particular establishment!

Love the little heads poking out of the nests. Great capture, Betty. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's too wild! How could anyone knock down those nests? They are works of art!

Old Kitty said...

OH yay for these people who do NOT knock down these amazing nests! Yes they are messy but they have babies in there and where are the swallows suppose to nest when we've changed their natural habitat so much!??!! Sorry, I shall back off ranting - but I do love these birds - they migrate to such lengths to find a safe haven to raise their babies and the least we humans can do is allow them that haven!!!!!! I must stop drinking coffee now.

Take care!
p.s. thank you for sharing these amazing pics!! xx

Anne Gallagher said...

How beautiful. Alex is right, they are works of art.

Leah J. Utas said...

Oh how wonderful.

Cool Gal said...

That is the neatest thing. I just love how their little beaks are poking out of the holes.

I hope you have a beautiful day, Betty, and a Happy Mother's Day.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Very heart warming to see,

Yvonne.

Eva Gallant said...

Wow, I had never seen a swallow nest before, either!

Brian said...

WOW, how exciting, home grown Bird-TV!

laughingmom said...

That is awesome! Bossy Betty should give the store a piece of her mind for knocking down those nests! Thanks for pics of something new to me!

Out on the prairie said...

Bird bangers,it's terrible to knock down those nests.Too bad they like this area so well.What a labor of love just building them.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Whoa. Very cool. I'd never seen that.
You're always teaching me something new. You should be like a teacher or something. Oh wait... LOL

And Happy Mother's Day too!

Jules said...

Well I never! I thought they were wasps and I agree with Alex. Just TO COOL Betty.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Flartus said...

AAAHHHHHH!!!! Alien pods! Kill, kill, kill!!!

What? Birds, you say? Well...I guess I'll leave the rest, then.

;)

Katie said...

That is so cool!!! :-) Love the pictures...wish there were some near me to snap some pics of!

Shan said...

I was just thinking about the swallows yesterday. Thanks for the update!

Leanne said...

Oooooo - so cool!

Donna said...

They Are messy but fun to watch!
Happy weekend!
hughugs

Bouncin' Barb said...

I too have never seen this and the close up shots are fantastic. Amazing how smart birds are. How anyone could knock them down is beyond me.

Ally said...

how could anyone knock down a nest? why? why? why? near us in florida, they close off parts of the beaches BECAUSE of nesting. sorry, that is just awful!

Lydia K said...

Nothing like a bit of spit and mud for a nice, cozy home.
Swallows are so cool.

Cheeseboy said...

That is both cute and kinda creepy at the same time.

Madi and Mom said...

Yay BB what great pictures!!
That is what I like about spring all the lovely bird songs and babies. We've had one batch of bluebird babies born in our bluebird house this spring. As soon as I cleaned out the house another batch of eggs appeared. These are our first eggs to hatch and live and fledge in about 8 years.
Hugs Madi and Mom

The Adorkable Ditz said...

People need to leave the swallow nests alone. It's bad enough back at my high school every year they take them down. :(

http://theadorkableditzmissteps.blogspot.com/

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I would have no idea what those are if you didn't tell us. You got some great shots.
Be well.
xoRobyn

Ms. A said...

I remember when you posted these before and I was blown away! These are SO cool! Thank you for sharing them, again!

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

How beautiful and a bit creepy at the same time.

I too have never seen this before. so thanks for sharing your wonderful photos with us.

Have a great weekend!

Betty xx

Beth Zimmerman said...

How adorable! :)

Annie said...

It's awful that they knock the nests down. Very sad.
Wonderful photos and I never saw how they build nests before, so thank you.
:)

Marlene said...

I remember this from last year! Beautiful!

We have a similar situation...not sparrows, though.

We have a nest behind every shutter on the front of our house. We have to replace the shutters. (One blew off in a windstorm and was damaged, and now we have to replace all eight of them because they have to match). We are dragging our feet on this because of the babies!!! The stupid HOA has already threatened to fine us for having a missing shutter. Dang heartless dummies. (We're going to make them wait, anyway!)

Catherine said...

Oh my goodness ~ I have never seen anything like this! That is quite the little community they are building. I look forward to the development of this birds.

Happy Weekend Betty!
xo Catherine

Brian Miller said...

oh wow...so cool...there is an underpass nearby where we go to see their nests...

Linda said...

When I had horses, I had Barn Swallows nesting in my barn; but they didn't look like this. So I did a little checking. It appears that these are Cliff Swallows. How interesting! Thanks for this close-up look at this interesting bird.

Mamma has spoken said...

Those are cool nests. I don't think we have any birds here that make that kind of nest. Thanks for sharing. Keep us posted as to if they start dive bombing you ;o)

Liz P said...

Whoah, those are crazy! I've never seen swallows' nests before.

Ann said...

well lucky for us they didn't knock down all the nests. Very cool

jenny_o said...

Aren't they amazing? And hard workers, too. Great photos - thank you!

Happy Mother's Day, BB!

daigo said...

cute!

Pat Tillett said...

The engineers of the avian world! I live just a few minutes from the San Juan Capistrano Mission and there sure seems to be a lot less swallows around the past several years... love the photos Betty!

Senorita said...

I remember these pictures from last year, and I am so happy to see they're back......

Laura Eno said...

How cute! I've never seen swallows nests before.

Tracy said...

Betty,
now THAT is cool! seriously, what wondrous works of art right there; authentic and real~

Lee said...

We have 6 pairs of barn swallows in the barn. They are very messy, but they eat tons of bugs!!

gayle said...

Those nests are so interesting! Can't wait until you check back!

Kazzy said...

I think those nests are the coolest!

Anonymous said...

there are a bunch of swallow nests here if you want to give a look see :)
pg

Pat said...

Swallows have angry little faces, did you ever notice? Maybe 'cause people keep knocking down their houses!!

Chuck said...

I too have never seen these in real life...how absolutely interesting they look tucked safely in their little castles.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I always would watch for them in the spring when they returned to our farm. They're so graceful and are nature's insecticide.

Cat said...

Awww...look at those sweet swallows!

xx Cat brideblu

Eve said...

I always make a point to frequent businesses that try to help along the local wildlife, and I avoid those that destroy it..I love these pics! They are amazing engineers!

Georgina Dollface said...

I remember those birds from last year. I fell in love with your blog and all your amazing photos thanks to those birds! So glad to see that some of them are still there. Keep us posted! - G

Nicolasa said...

Yaaay! I can't wait to hear/see more!

Baby Sister said...

Awww, how cute. :)