Monday, May 22, 2006

Bird On A Wire...

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A Violet-Green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina) perches on the electricity supply line to our house near a nesting box the swallows have been using for many years now. As if posing for the camera this fine looking swallow was kind enough to lower its left wing a bit so we can see the colorful violet patch above its tail-feathers.

This one and several others have been visiting the box since the beginning of spring and a pair will almost certainly move in very soon now.

There has always been a lot competition for the gourd nesting box they have traditionally used and two years ago one swallow actually knocked another out of the air onto the front porch. The momentarily stunned swallow just flew back up and resumed the battle.

Last year I added a second box near the gourd and birds were nesting in both.

Violet-Green Swallows are known to live in small colonies so I'm thinking of building a sort of swallow hotel with several nesting boxes for next season.

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Blogger Norene said...

a very handsome fellow!

9:13 PM  
Blogger Deb said...

What lovely iridescent colors. I saw a pair of purple martins today, and I had the same idea--put up a community nest box for martins.

4:59 AM  
Anonymous pablo said...

I don't suppose birds have enuf brain power to have a sense of vanity, but when I see something as splendid as this little fellow, I have to think it sure would be proud of itself if it could be.
"Pretty as a peacock" and "cock of the walk." It's no accident that so many of our metaphors for such splendor come for the bird world.

6:07 AM  
Blogger dragonfly183 said...

Oh what pretty colors.

10:23 AM  
Blogger clairesgarden said...

the colony 'hotel' sounds like a fabulous idea, I look forward to the 'brochure'

1:38 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Hi Jim,
Thank you for your visiting on my blog and nice words about my family and Flora.
Some time ago I saw a photo of your bookshelves and you have also a lot of books. You love books like I do! Books are a great companion, isn't?

8:24 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

Love the colors - our woods don't attract the swallows - great to see yours

4:43 AM  
Blogger David said...

i just posted a picture of the cliff swallow nests at Nachos. you pictures are always superior - I suspect you have a better camera, what do you use?

8:56 AM  
Blogger TDharma said...

brilliant colors and composition! Even down to your text color choices. Always a delight.

8:40 AM  

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