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« on: 22/06/2007 21:38:44 »
I managed to get some photos of the babies in the nest. This is the best 1.



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« Reply #1 on: 22/06/2007 21:52:08 »
Magic i love swallows.


 iving in a city like london means you miss so much.

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« Reply #2 on: 22/06/2007 21:56:39 »
I had to laugh yesterday. A pair of magpies got a bit close to the stable where the swallows are nesting. Mum & dad swallow divebombed them repeatedly & eventually the magpies bogged off.
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« Reply #3 on: 22/06/2007 21:59:31 »
You don't get many of these in the city either. We get dozens of them in the fields at the yard. When we arrive it's like a mini stampede with all the rabbits running for cover.

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« Reply #4 on: 26/06/2007 02:52:54 »
I love it thats what I love about the country.. I love barn swallows we get them here, and the little sparrows... we get a few nesting under our porch eaves they are wonderful!

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« Reply #5 on: 26/06/2007 06:41:18 »
These pics are of mummy & daddy swallow. Don't ask me which is which.






And this is another of our little visitors.



This little fellow was sitting on the bonnet (hood in the U.S.) while I was in the driver's seat. He was no more than 3ft away from me. Unfortunately he flew away as I reached for my camera, but then decided to pose for me on this piece of corrugated iron fence.
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« Reply #6 on: 26/06/2007 06:57:16 »
COOL Pictures, I believe but don't qoute me that the bottom swallow is your male, he seems to have a touch of greenor shimmer to his back feathers the females are usually less colorful,.. but of coarse I could be wrong! It seems more colorful then the other!

What is the other bird? Do you know?

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« Reply #7 on: 26/06/2007 07:07:00 »
I thought that about the male too. He just looks more butch LOL. He may look brighter-coloured because the sun came out as I was focusing on him.

The other bird is a pied wagtail.
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« Reply #8 on: 26/06/2007 07:13:30 »
We get lots of these too. All different colours.

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« Reply #9 on: 26/06/2007 07:16:21 »
He just looks more butch..LOL Yeah I wondered about the sun..


Pied Wagtail... I have never heard of that bird before..LOL Nice I learned and seen something new! NICE!!VERY NICE! Thanks!


Oh, The snails are cool, some with cool colors, ours are pretty much brown on tan with brown stripes!

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« Reply #10 on: 26/06/2007 07:21:11 »
The snails here vary from pale yellow to dark brown with varying shades of red thrown in for good measure. We never used to get these brightly-coloured ones where I used to live.
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« Reply #11 on: 26/06/2007 07:31:00 »
THat is really cool. I never really knew snails could be so colorful!

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« Reply #12 on: 26/06/2007 07:34:35 »
THat is really cool. I never really knew snails could be so colorful!

Neither did I.
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« Reply #13 on: 26/06/2007 07:51:42 »
THats really cool, I wonder if there are more elaborate looking snails in other parts of the world?

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« Reply #14 on: 26/06/2007 08:21:57 »
You mean like snails in Mexico wearing sombreros?  [:D]
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« Reply #15 on: 26/06/2007 08:50:11 »
Yes big wide sombreros with great smiles..LOL

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« Reply #16 on: 26/06/2007 08:55:00 »
Eating tacos & drinking tequila
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« Reply #17 on: 26/06/2007 09:49:24 »
Relaxing on a beach with some wonderful good looking colorful lovely snail! LOL

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« Reply #18 on: 26/06/2007 11:41:28 »
Or rock diving.
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« Reply #19 on: 26/06/2007 19:02:04 »
Or rock diving.

I can't swim.. LOL Do you dive doc??

Speaking of diving..Those barn swallows are sure good divers if you encroach on their nesting area.. they swoop down and dive bomb you,, pretty protective and fearless.. I think it is an admirable trait in the little beauties!

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« Reply #20 on: 26/06/2007 19:38:11 »
I mentioned earlier in this thread about our 2 divebombing those magpies. It was quite funny to see.

Or rock diving.

.. LOL Do you dive doc??

I nosedive fairly often  [:D]
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« Reply #21 on: 26/06/2007 23:56:53 »
I bet it was funny.. Birds are interesting critters!

So you nose dive eh... Well... LOL that's always good to know! LOL
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« Reply #22 on: 29/06/2007 17:43:05 »
Latest pic



1 of them looks in danger of falling out of the nest.
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« Reply #23 on: 29/06/2007 18:56:22 »
Yes he is a bit close to the edge.. They are so darn cute!! looking more mature already! Amazing how quickly they grow!

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« Reply #24 on: 29/06/2007 19:03:38 »
Yeah, we were surprised by that too.
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« Reply #25 on: 29/06/2007 20:24:36 »
Do they return every year Doc and are they the only ones nesting.

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« Reply #26 on: 29/06/2007 20:33:41 »
Their little eyes are so pretty! I think the shape is lovely!

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« Reply #27 on: 29/06/2007 22:32:26 »
Do they return every year Doc and are they the only ones nesting.

We've only had this yard for 2 months so we don't know if they return each year.

They're the only pair nesting there.
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« Reply #28 on: 29/06/2007 22:45:54 »
You Know swallows do usually return , sometimes repeatdly to the same nest if you don't knock it down. W ehave had a pair nest 5 years in a row.  They are really cool to watch. they were on our front porch. If we came out mommy would leave and watch us from the telephone line above the porch.. if she got worried you were to close, she would dive bomb you sweeping in as if to try to frighten you away from her babies!

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