Swallow Update July 20, 2021

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Swallow Update July 20, 2021

Our little tree swallow is STILL with us. He's? been curious and looking out much of the day. He sits in the door to the box and looks out, but has always backed down and returned to the box. I wasn't around much of the morning, but when I was, Mom was calling to him. I haven't seen Dad for a couple days now. 

Our song sparrows have decided the much around the azaleas in front of the deck makes for a good dirt bath. Took me awhile to figure out what was making the noise that sounded like a bear rummaging through the shrubs. 


Swallow Update July 19, 2021

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Swallow Update July 19, 2021

Ok, I'm gonna start calling this guy Michael Rotondo as he doesn't want to leave. Mom has been calling all day - can birds go hoarse? She's popped in a couple times with food for the chick. Dad seems to have given up feeding the chick. 

Our hummingbirds have returned in force. Over the last couple weeks, we had occasional visits to the feeders. Rarely did two birds show up to contest the feeder. Yesterday, I noticed we've once again got a full time battle in progress. There's one male that sits on the nearby perch and chases off any other males and some of the females that dare try use his feeder. At one point this afternoon, we had six birds in full swoop to decide who got to feed. 


Swallow Update July 18, 2021

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Swallow Update July 18, 2021

Mom appears to have decide it is time for Junior to get a move on. She's been sitting on the perch in front of the box calling  almost all day. She's made only a couple trips in to feed the chick. We haven't seen dad feed the chick all day. But, the chick just isn't ready to go. He's? spent much of the day peering out the entrance. A couple times we thought he was ready to go, but he always turned back. 


Swallow Update July 17, 2021

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Swallow Update July 17, 2021

Our tree swallow chick hasn't decided to venture out yet. He's? curious about the world, spending more time looking out. Mom and dad continue to feed him, but also spent some time perched outside calling to him. The book says that last Wednesday was the first day he could have fledge, and that he may stick around until Thursday. 


Swallow Update July 16, 2021

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Swallow Update July 16, 2021

Our swallow chick remains in the box. Mom and dad are perched outside calling, but the chick doesn't seem interested. We've had a couple hot, humid days. Maybe the chick is waiting for better weather? This is the third day since we could have expected him? to fledge.