If the Tree Swallows were still here I would have titled this; Tree Swallows Be Gone! for the adult birds had harassed us all last week in our yard. One day last week while hanging clothes on our backyard clothesline, all of a sudden it was as if a knife had whizzed by my head. The sound of it and its speed was downright scary! The baby Tree Swallows were ready to fledge and the nervous anxious parent birds would tolerate no one in our back yard. Its not likey we will reach into the bird house and snatch up one of the babies as the house is high up in the air. My husband who spends most of each day gardening there had to give up his outside work and come inside and read a book. He had bought a tree on the weekend but could not plant it as the adult sparrows kept diving at him. The tree is now planted. As of Monday our back yard has been really quiet and tranquil. We have hosted Tree Swallows in the bird house in our back yard for several years now and its only been the last two summers that we have experienced their hostile nature towards us. The photos below explain the reason why. These precious little babies shown in the bird house below are ready to leave home and the adult parent birds are very protective of them. Bye, bye swallows, until next year!
About the pictures: They were taken with a 400 mm zoom lens while I was standing on the ground. These were not all taken this summer, some of them were taken in 2008 so my picture taking was not the source of the parents anxiety this year.
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