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Sunday, April 11, 2010

NAOMI WEST: Which swallow is this?


I got weary searching whether our porch birds are Cave Swallows or Cliff Swallows, since they look so similar but none of the pictures online show as much white on the wing as our female, so I'm creating a new category called Porch Birds, which safely covers all birds that nest on the eaves of a porch.

That way they are easy to identify -- kind of like Pet Store Fish vs. Big Water Fish.

You might remember that last year these two birds roosted on our porch every night but had no visible nest nearby. I never knew if they had a nest around or not, but I'm assuming they did. This year they have built it in the corner right across from the front door. That should be interesting when the babies are born, as my friend Dana has suggested I won't be allowed in the vicinity. We'll see.



Retrieverman said...

Looks like a barn swallow family.

Dale Drinnon said...

A few years back my youngest brother was in process of moving back in with us and he had a large stack of boxes on out front porch. The local pair of mourning doves took a liking to his boxes and kept building nests in them. My brother did not like this and so he took the nests out whenever he found them. This went on for maybe a half a dozen rebuildings before the doves quit and moved to the more conventional tree across the street.
The porch is open to the East and South and the boxes would have been piled about shoulder-high. The nest was therefore actually rather exposed and so I never knew why the location was so appealing to the doves. Ordinarily they perch on the rooftop next door or the telephone lines along the street (East) or in back of the yard (West) And, being mourning doves, they are quite vocal so you know they are there at all hours.