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Old Jan 23, 2007, 4:33 PM   #1
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These are both REAL nests. The first one I found and placed in my concrete clothespin bag sculpture.......



The second one I found in my barn. Not a spectacular composition, but it IS a nest! Barn Swallows make them every year.



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Old Jan 23, 2007, 4:37 PM   #2
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Neat finds!
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Old Jan 23, 2007, 6:28 PM   #3
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All you need to complete that first shot is a family of Bluebirds! I would have sworn that the nest in the second shot was a hornet's nest. In fact it looks like one is flying just the right of the nest. However, you live there so I give you credit for knowing what you are talking about. Have you ever had one of thse Swallows dive-bomb you. A place where I worked many years ago had a couple nests just outside the back door. You couldn't go out there without something to beat off the birds!

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Awe, Cal. I love the barn swallows. They really don't bomb people, they are after the mosquitoes and insects so they fly low and swoop right by you!! I watched the babies until they flew off. I will try to get a shot this spring with the babies peeping over the edge!
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Trying to figure out the entrance/exit to the bar swallow nest in the second shot. Interesting birds.

Aloha and thanks for sharing.
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Old Jan 23, 2007, 8:19 PM   #6
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Oh, gosh. I guess not everyone has seen a barn swallow nest. I don't have any images to explain, but I googles barn swallow nest, and here is a link of a fella that took some shots, and you can see the babies!! The nest has no top. It is mud on the outside, and inside is lined with soft grasses....the eggs are laid in it and the babies hatch and hang out! My nest is about an inch and a half from the ceiling....Take a peek at this site:

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ronausting.com/images/01/barnswallownest01.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.ronausting.com/birds/bswallow.html&h=160&w=200&sz=5&hl= en&start=14&tbnid=0ZibBmddvSGT4M:&tbnh =83&tbnw=104&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbarn%2BSwallow%2Bnest%26svnum%3D10%26 hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26channel%3Ds%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-USfficial%26sa%3DG
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Nice photos, Imaginat. I also thought the second one was a hornet's nest. Looks very similar to the ones we sometimes get in the spring. But, when I look closely, it is a little different.

I've never been dive bombed by barn swallows, but the bats around here will do the same thing hunting the mosquitoes and bugs that hover above your head around dusk. Very scary if you don't know what they are doing. Actually, scary even if you do know!:-)
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Very nice photos. I'm surprised to see a nest in such an exposed area. Usually birds look for tall trees w/ lots of leaves, giving them shelter and protection.
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Old Jan 25, 2007, 6:22 AM   #9
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sorry, guys, about putting that link in there. Seems like now we have to scroll.
Thank you for all your comments.
Tullio, these are nests of barn swallows. They build them INSIDE the barns.
On a rafter, eight or nine feet off the ground, and away from walls. Cats and even snakes have a
hard time reaching this nest. Very clever of them!
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The case of divebombing I described had to do with the swallows defending their nests. They all had young hatchlings and they use this behaviour to protect their young.

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