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Flick ([personal profile] flick) wrote2017-05-13 09:46 am
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Swallows and hay bales

Last summer, as we do when we haven't got three horses, we put some of the year's hay into the spare stable, which is also the one where the swallows have been known to nest. We moved some of it a few months ago, but there were still a few stacks in there.

I opened the top half of the stable door a few weeks ago, when the swallows arrived, but we've been seeing a lot of one pair over the last few days.

Coincidentally, we're just using the last of the hay in the barn, so this morning we moved it all over and left the stable to the swallows (at least until, hopefully, we get a new horse).

Fingers crossed that we didn't leave it too late: there was the start of a new nest on the roof beams next to the one from last year, and just as we finished one of the swallows arrived with a beak full of nesting material. He flew around the stableyard a few times and then went away again, but the pair reappeared just as we were coming inside so hopefully they just went away while we were there and will come back later to go back to work.

(Based on last year, they will start off the season vanishing to hunt when we're out there but then get less and less concerned about avoiding us as time goes on and the chicks get hungrier. Last year, one of them -- mouth stuffed full of food to be taken to the nest -- nearly flew into me!)