Well, an update is due on the Barn Swallows on my porch. The male came back each night to roost on the nest cup, and we kept hoping he'd finally find a nice lady to woo to the porch so he could show her what nice nesting arrangements he'd found. A week passed and finally one day, he showed up with a lady! Sam has named them Fred and Ginger. It did not take long at all for Fred to convince Ginger that this was the place for them, and the nest construction got underway. It's been so funny to watch them bring in mud to fill in around the top and along the edge of the nest cup. They've filled it with soft pine straw in preparation for egg laying. Here is a video I took with my camera the second full day of nest building.
Here is the happy couple on the first day when they'd only brought in just a bit of mud and pinestraw.
The handsome father, Fred, perched on the nest cup.
His blushing bride, Ginger, seemingly very happy with their nest choice.
Stay tuned for further nesting adventures as captured by my camera set up in front of the dining room window!