Weekend Birding: Barn Swallows Leave the Nest
As I walked toward the pavillion on Thursday, I noticed a little bird perching on the sign at the edge of the marsh. One of the nestlings had just flown from the nest.
The other two little ones were still in the nest. The parents were doing fly-bys in and around the pavillion, swooping and screeching, warning them of my presence.
Last year I watched several of the nestlings fledge and it took the parents a few hours to coax the last ones out of the nest. This time I left and let the parents do their job. When I returned on Friday morning they had all left the nest. I could see the little ones flying around over the marsh.
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