Babies, babies, everywhere, but not one for Mikayla


No baby for Mikayla yet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t babies in the barn!

Mama (or Dadda, no way to tell) barn swallow sweeps in to feed one of five open mouths.

We didn’t really want birds IN the barn, because, well, Boogie gets pooped on. But barn swallows are bug eaters! And bugs are awful. So we unplugged that particular light and accepted that the menagerie now included them. The babies are fairly quiet, but Mama and Dadda barn swallow have very loud, passionate arguments. The opposite seems to be true for the western kingbirds.

These babies are three weeks older than the barn swallows, and much louder. Here, mama gives them a dirty look.

Norman and Norma (so named because Nuisance Norman is so comfortably alliterative) tried to build their nest in the garage, but Mom shooed them out. They had this one in the barn built before anyone noticed, but they are also bug eaters, so we can’t really complain. In fact, they are quite sure we put the fences up for them to perch on, to make hunting flies easier.

Their babies are vociferous! They also look about ready to leave the nest.

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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2 Responses to Babies, babies, everywhere, but not one for Mikayla

  1. After visiting the farm this past weekend I would argue the swallow babies are quite vociferous; at least the one I saw who kept on getting skipped on food. Awesome picture of the swallows; great movement. We had a blast on the farm and can’t wait to visit another time.

    • 😦 Poor second-class baby swallow. Yeah, Mom took that with a digital camera that isn’t even SLR, so I don’t know how she got it with the delay!

      I’m glad you had fun! I was afraid that fun on the ranch might feel a lot like work. Do you want to do a guest post on your experience? I’m sure everyone would love to hear from someone other than me.

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