On May 17th, 2017, I chanced upon a group of Cliff Swallows gathering mud for nest building .I had encountered the same species and same activity the previous year on May 21st. so I immediately knew what they were about and their purpose.
I was only able to see one swallow nest almost completed. there was a swallow just emerging from the nest under construction.
The outline behind the new nest shows the outline of a previous structure there as it was last year.The old nest had obviously been removed from the house, hopefully not until the baby swallows had fledged. I assume from the amount of activity taking place that there were many other nests being built yesterday.
I was enjoying myself with a ring side seat while sitting in my car with the window rolled down using my 300 mm lens to try to capture much of the activity. Some of the following pictures may help you get an idea of the beauty of what I was experiencing! These swallows were such beautiful birds!
I hope you have enjoyed the viewing as much as I have enjoyed sharing them with you.