Hello my friends !
The tree swallows are back !
Each spring it gives me great joy to see the return of the tree swallows. I love hearing their chirping and witnessing their quarrels over the bird house with other swallows. Since we have this bird house, the swallows have returned year after year to it to build their nest and care for their chicks. Did you know that tree swallows always return to their birthplace to build their nest ? The same is true for cardinals.
While the swallows are quarreling over the bird house, (and it will last for at least a month) other species have already built their nests and produced some eggs. While I was looking at the growth of my plants in one of my flower beds I found a cute little pale blue egg. Two weeks ago I had noticed a common starling was building a nest in my stove fan exhaust which is right above where I found the little egg. I didn’t try to destroy the nest, what harm could it be doing ? Did the egg fall from this nest ? I’m inclined to think so because there are no big trees or shrubs or cedar hedge near that flower bed. The egg is in perfect condition, it’s such a cute little egg, so I decided to keep it. I can picture my boyfriend smiling when he will read this…Well, he’s used to my eccentricities. After all, I once returned home from a walk in the woods with a deer skull in a bag, and a few days later I once again returned with the jawbone and teeth that were missing from the skull !
Many years ago I had also kept a beautiful nest I had found in my backyard. Unfortunately I don’t know which species it belonged to, but while I was looking at how the nest was built I had the (big) surprise to see some of my dog’s hair in the bottom of the nest. I’m positive it is my earlier dog’s hair, it’s the exact same colours and texture. The bird hadn’t just deposited the hair in the bottom, it had weaved it in the nest from under it and it covered a little spot where the egg would lie, rendering it soft for the little chick to be born. Isn’t it the sweetest thing ? I thought that the little egg and nest would make beautiful photos, so I went back in the house to grab the nest and my camera.
To build their nests, swallows (and other birds too) can use different materials. You can hang wool threads from branches or simply place them on the ground and there’s good chance swallows will use them. You can also scatter hair from your dog or cat on the ground. If you have a bird house you must clean it and remove the nest once the birds are gone.
I wish you all a nice week !
I’m joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
p.s. I keep the little egg in my home. I hope it won’t hatch, I would have a chick to feed…:)