Tuesday, 8 June 2010
This year, we have had 6 baby swallows again.
Initially, I thought there were only 4, as the others were hidden deep down in the nest. But, as they grew, I finally saw all of them.
Today, they have flown the nest. At first, only 3 of them went, leaving the others to be fed by the parents. The first ones out were very funny to watch, as they had trouble landing. Normally, they land on the phone cable, but these ones kept landing in the trees. However, it didn't take too lang, and they were soon swooping around, although not as confidently or acrobatically as the parents.
I went to take a photo of the last 3, sitting on the edge of the nest and just as I left, there was a flutter of wings, and they all flew past me. I think, they leant out of the nest to see where I had gone, and then fell out!
No doubt they will now spend the next few weeks being fed by their family, before heading off later in the year.
In spain, it is considered to be good luck, if swallows nest on your property, so we must be doing something right.