New born baby birds (barn swallows) on our front porch!

A mating pair of barn swallows have been nesting on our front porch for the past month or so, but today we noticed 5 brand new baby barn swallows poking their heads out at us…

barn swallow babies up close

Some neat info. on the Barn Swallow from Wikipedia:

The barn swallow is the most widespread species of swallow in the world.

In the past, the tolerance for this beneficial insectivore was reinforced by superstitions regarding damage to the Barn Swallow’s nest. Such an act might lead to cows giving bloody milk, or no milk at all, or to hens ceasing to lay.[6] This may be a factor in the longevity of swallows’ nests. Survival, with suitable annual refurbishment, for 10–15 years is regular, and one nest was reported to have been occupied for 48 years.[6]

The Barn Swallow symbolizes the coming of spring and thus love in the Pervigilium Veneris, a late Latin poem. In “The Waste Land,” T. S. Eliot quoted the line “Quando fiam uti chelidon [ut tacere desinam]?” (“When will I be like the swallow, so that I can stop being silent?”) This refers to a version of the myth of Philomela in which she turns into a Nightingale and her sister Procne into a Swallow; in less familiar versions, the two species are reversed.[41] On the other hand, an image of the assembly of Swallows for their southward migration concludes John Keats’s ode “To Autumn.”

barnswallow in flight(barn swallow in flight)

There are mentions of the Barn Swallow in the Bible, although it seems likely that it is confused with the swifts in many translations,[42] or possibly other hirundine species which breed in Israel.[7] However, “Yea, the sparrow hath found her a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young” from Psalms 84:3 likely applies to the Barn Swallow.[42]

The swallow is also notably cited in several of William Shakespeare’s plays for the swiftness of its flight; for example: “True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings…” from Act 5 of Richard III, and “I have horse will follow where the game Makes way, and run like swallows o’er the plain.” from the second act of Titus Andronicus. Shakespeare also references the annual migration of the species poetically in The Winter’s Tale, Act 4: “Daffodils, That come before the swallow dares, and take The winds of March with beauty; violets dim,…”.

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6 Responses

  1. eow… cute po ng baby nyo

  2. Aren’t they cute! I have had a nest of barn swallows on my front porch for 4 or 5 years now, right above the porch light, and we have enjoyed watching them every year.

  3. I had baby barn swallows on my front porch. i’ve had them for several years. when i came home today, the nest had fallen down. there were small lifeless body strewn about. they cant have been more than a day old. one was still in its egg. there eyes were still closed. I gently picked each one up and placed them carefully in their nest with their siblings. tomorrow i will bring them to Earthwalk(A wilderness skills/ awareness school) there we will return them to the earth. Im saddened by this seemingly needless loss of life. Inside i know that life is part of death as death is part of life. Soon, their bodys will help tiny green shoots grow from the earth. Next spring, the mother will return to hatch a new group of chicks.

  4. Hi! I found your blog as I was looking for photographs of swallows to use as reference pictures for painting. The one of the swallow in flight is fantastic and I wondered 1). if you had taken it, and 2). if I might have permission to use it for a painting. It’s going to be incorporated into the background for an art class schedule, put out by a book/art store, which I have been commissioned to complete within the next two weeks. If you’d be willing to let me know one way or the other I’d really appreciate it! I will watch for a reply to this comment. Thanks so much!!

  5. Thanks so much! I appreciate it!

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