Barn Swallow babies at Huyler House

Baby barn swallows at the Huyler House
Baby barn swallows at the Huyler House

These baby barn swallows spend a lot of time peeking out of the nest waiting for mama to bring them some food.  When the mother approaches, they set up an awful racket, peeping and screeching until she feeds each one in turn.  According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Barn swallows are the most abundant and widely distributed species of swallow.  They are aerial foragers of insects, swooping and diving to catch their prey on the wing.

clamoring for food
clamoring for food

They once nested in caves, but now nest almost exclusively in manmade structures, tucked up in eaves and under docks.

This is one species of bird that has benefited from human activity; populations are increasing due to their ability to adapt to living in manmade structures.

Adult barn swallow
Adult barn swallow

These youngsters are close to fledging, but you can find nests on Dewees at Huyler House and near the ferry dock, as well as Big Bend and Lone Cedar docks.

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