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Swallows lined up and ready to leave their nest over the back door

Baby swallows in nest with mama swallow (right). Photo by Sharon Emes, Benicia, CA
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Gary:
We enjoy your column very much. Thought you might be interested in our swallow nest built right above our screen door. Mama seemed to sit on that nest for months! Finally we saw four little heads pop up. The last picture (below) is mama on the left giving her four fledglings instructions for the big send off, while they are standing at attention! It was a thrill to have them and hear their precious chirps.
Sharon Emes, Benicia, California

Sharon:
It wasn’t quite months that she spent on her nest. About two weeks to hatch the eggs and then around three weeks for the youngsters to get big enough to leave the nest. I’m sure it seemed longer than that to her, though! Swallows are neat birds. /Gary

Mama swallow (left) gives her babies instructions for the big send off. Photo by Sharon Emes, Benicia, CA
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Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011
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Swallows gathering mud by the river so they can build their mud nests

Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Swallows scoop up mud by the mouthful along the riverbanks so they can use it to build their mud nests.

Thanks to Dave Harper, Oakley, Calif., for this excellent photo. /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
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