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John - NY    Posted 07-08-2002 at 09:39:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Recently a rainstorm caused a barn swallow nest, which was built in the corner of our deck, to fall 10' to the ground with it's five half-grown babies in it.

I tried to prop the nest against the bottom of the post near where they fell, hoping the parents would continue to care for them. The parent birds didn't seem to find them there. They kept looking where the nest had been. I thought that I didn't have too much time or they'd probably give up looking, so I took an empty Kool Whip container and nailed it where the old nest had been. I then scooped up the nest and babies with my hands and kind of dropped them in there. I figured that the worst that could happen would be that I would be removing 5 little corpses in a few days.

I'm pleased to report that the parents are once again caring for and defending their babies. Makes me feel good!!

DeadCarp    Posted 07-08-2002 at 18:12:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey, pretty clever John! I sometimes fish under a bridge and watching the swallows fuss around is darn near better than fishing! They're some working fools aren't they?

John - NY    Posted 07-09-2002 at 05:53:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They may be working fools, but they need to use better adhesives when "gluing" those nests on the beams. I really thought that white cool whip container might be a problem, especially since you couldn't see the nest or the babies inside.

Thanks for your comments! I was just pleased that they survived.

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