Cliff Swallow hideaway
Cliff Swallow nest found in a picnic shelter on the shore of Tuttle Creek Lake
Two Adult Cliff Swallows on Nest with Chick Inside, July 2, 2014
Although a pair of Barn Swallows was perching near this already-built porch nest earlier this spring, the pair ceased doing so during May. On June 13, 2014 we first observed adult Cliff Swallows inside the nest, guarding and adding mud to it. In retrospect, assuming a 14-day incubation period, there must have already been at least one egg in the nest on that date because on June 30 and on subsequent days we observed a chick through the nest’s entrance hole. There may have been more chicks in the nest, but they were not visible. On July 2 I took this photo from inside my apartment through a crack in my blinds and through two layers of glass. It shows the chick inside the nest with two adults on the outside, presumably about to feed the chick. During that time period, there were often more than two adults seeking entrance to the nest, but not all of them were allowed inside because an adult inside the nest’s entrance would peck some of them away. Once an adult would gain entrance to the nest, it would often seem to be feeding the chick and adding mud to the nest at the same time. We no longer observed this chick in the nest, or any adults guarding the nest, after July 8. We therefore assume that this chick fledged on July 9. A detailed chronology is available at http://www.deerkisshollowjewelry.com/2014updates.htm
Cliff Swallow Chick, July 7, 2014
On June 13, 2014, adult Cliff Swallows were first observed guarding this nest from the inside and adding mud to it. Unbeknownst to us, there must have already been at least one egg or tiny hatchling inside the nest on that date because we observed this chick in the nest on June 30. After July 8 we observed no chicks in the nest nor adults guarding it. We therefore assume that this chick fledged on July 9. A detailed chronology is available at http://www.deerkisshollowjewelry.com/4014updates.htm
Cliff Swallow Nest on my Porch with Chick Inside, July 7, 2014
Barn Swallows built the bottom part of this nest on my porch in 2011 and used it to successfully raise a brood of five. The nest is right outside the only door to my apartment and that of my neighbors. In 2012, two separate pairs of Barn Swallows used this nest to raise broods of five and four, respectively.
In July 2013, a pair of Cliff Swallows arrived and modified the nest, adding a dome with an entrance hole. However, the Cliff Swallows abandoned the nest about two weeks later after my landlord had sent a roofer who put up a ladder next to the nest to inspect the roof for a leak.
In May 2014, a pair of Barn Swallows began perching near the nest. However, later that month, Cliff Swallows arrived at the nest and seemed to take it over. The Barn Swallow pair ceased perching near the nest. On June 13, 2014, we first observed a pair of Cliff Swallows inside the nest, guarding it and adding mud to it. A chick first appeared in the nest on June 30, 2014. The adult Cliff Swallows continued adding mud to the nest even while they were feeding the chick. Because the nest is enclosed, we had not been able to observe the number of eggs or hatchlings inside the nest.
July 8, 2014 was the last date on which we observed this chick in the nest. Therefore we are assuming that the chick fledged on July 9. I have done my best to enter this nesting attempt under NestWatch, but had difficulty adding all of my observations. A chronology of this successful nesting attempt is available at http://www.deerkisshollowjewelry.com/2014updates.htm
Nest Building in Progress
Cliff Swallows building a nest under the eves of the lighthouse at Prince Edward Point.
Swallows in Bodie
A Cliff Swallow nest in an old dwelling, in Bodie, CA, ghost town. It sits at almost 8,400 feet above sea level near Bridgeport, CA. Taken with a Sony DSC W70. 1/125th, at ISO 125, at f5.2 Mama swallow’s face can be seen peeking out the nest entrance.