Texas Gardening forum: Any barn swallow sightings?

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Name: Patricia
Goldthwaite, TX (Zone 8a)
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patrob
Mar 24, 2012 7:14 PM CST
Our barn swallows have been returning during the second or third week of March for years. They left for South American quite early last year because of the drought, and I'm really hoping they did not perish. We tried to sit out on the back porch tonight, but the mosquitoes are already bad. Need my swallows! They are such pretty little birds. I know some don't like their mud nests or the poop on the porch, but I have a little power washer to clean the porches and I think the nests are works of art.


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Name: Stephanie Gonzales
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StephGTx
Mar 24, 2012 8:00 PM CST
Hi Patricia Group hug My barn swallows showed up this past week. I love having them around like you. They really are a treat to watch each year. I bet yours will show up in the next few days Hurray!
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Name: Patricia
Goldthwaite, TX (Zone 8a)
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patrob
Mar 24, 2012 8:20 PM CST
Thanks, Stephanie. I just began to get concerned about the swallows today as a few are always here by now ahead of the crowd. We have covered porches on three sides of our house, and we normally have a couple of nests on each side. Multiply that by three hatches of four to five little birds each time, and that is a lot of little birds programmed to come back home. Can you tell in this sequence which little bird is the hungriest? (They reacted to the flash on my camera as though it were their parent flying by with food.)
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Mar 24, 2012 10:32 PM CST
They are all adorable, I love the swallows!! Lovey dubby
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Mar 24, 2012 10:34 PM CST
Aw, they're so cute! I love those also...and I like the cave swallows as well. I haven't seen any swallows yet, but might go to Lakehills tomorrow to check. That's where I go to see them the swallows, since they don't come to my house. Last time I checked Lakehills, they hadn't arrived.
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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Mar 25, 2012 8:59 AM CST
How cute! Great pictures!
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Mar 25, 2012 4:52 PM CST
Well, they've reached Lakehills, though not very many yet. This one must have grabbed one of the nests left from previous years.
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And this one is trying to build a nest. Not easy when you're talking about a busy convenience store and restaurant located there.
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And this one I'm not sure about, because Cave Swallows have used this carwash in the past. But the bird does look kind of like the other ones, so maybe it's a Barn Swallow.
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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas (Zone 8a)
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StephGTx
Mar 25, 2012 7:48 PM CST
Big Grin I love to watch the babies, they make me smile Big Grin Then they make me laugh as they get older and begin to fledge Hilarious!
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Name: Carey
Austin, TX (Zone 8b)
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careyana
Mar 27, 2012 5:39 PM CST
Our neighbor has a nestbox they usually frequent, but we haven't seen them which is very sad as we really really need them. The bugs/mosquitos are BAD now with the rains and the standing wateer in the greenbelt. The poor dragonflies and damselflies just can't keep up! Blinking
Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas (Zone 8a)
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StephGTx
Apr 9, 2012 10:49 AM CST
any swallows yet Pat?
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Name: Patricia
Goldthwaite, TX (Zone 8a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Tip Photographer Region: Texas Cat Lover
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patrob
Apr 9, 2012 1:19 PM CST
I am still hoping our swallows will come back. I am fairly sure I saw two flying over the valley across from us two evenings ago, but they aren't roosting anywhere around our porches at night. Crying The mosquitoes are already bad. We need our swallows!

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