The Wait is Over

Now maybe we can have our garage back.

Earlier this year a pair of barn swallows built a nest in it before we realized what was happening. After that we couldn’t shut the doors (as they needed access to their nest). Then when the eggs hatched we could no longer park our vehicles in the garage, because last year the cat used them as a platform from which to leap toward the nest and swat it down with his evil murderous catarm.

Finally the little swallows fledged. We waited till we were sure they were no longer using the nest before re-taking possession of our garage. But, alas, we waited too long and Mama Swallow (Ethel, to her friends) laid more eggs and started the process over again.

We’ve been watching the four babies grow, seeing the nest becoming almost absurdly crowded.


Then yesterday they finally screwed up the courage to fly. In our a garage, a barn swallow party followed. At one point there were six or seven swooping in and out of the garage.


Three of the fledglings, resting.

Today, doggone it, I’m parking in the garage.


19 comments on “The Wait is Over

  1. Laurie Graves says:

    Oh, too funny! And I must admit I felt such a surge of gratitude when I read of your kindness to the swallows. A lovely way to begin the week.

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  2. NebraskaDave says:

    Bill, I’m not sure I would have been so kind. I have left a nest that Robins use in the Spring right above the front door. I’m not sure why it was decided that such a high traffic place would be the best place to hatch and raise little Robins. It was kind of cute to see a Robin head bobbing up and down as we used the front door. I’m guessing they won’t be raising another family there again.

    Good luck with parking in the garage. I hope you don’t end up with some white spots on you vehicle. πŸ™‚

    Have a great wait is over day.

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    • Bill says:

      They left a big pile of reminders beneath the nest, and the papa bird liked to perch above our garage door, with predicable consequences. That just comes with the territory I reckon. πŸ™‚


  3. Enjoyed this, it reminds me of when we lived at the country home we raised family in, hubby kept a metal box on the deck and every year those robins beat him to using that box.😊


  4. Such a cute photo of those little ones resting. We had phoebes nesting above the basement door. It seems they don’t remember that it’s a high traffic area because they nested there last year too… Oh well, it’s the least we can do — raising insect eaters is good, yes?


    • Bill says:

      It was fun to watch them feed insects to the little ones, who waited with their heads pointing up and their mouths wide open.

      I was surprised to learn that barn swallows re-use their nests. I like that though. Efficiency. πŸ™‚

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  5. shoreacres says:

    Just delightful. And I suspect that, despite your gentle grumping, you’ve enjoyed the whole process. Not everyone gets to witness such a thing.


  6. I love this post, Bill, pix and all. Happy parking.


  7. So respectful of another living creature! β™‘
    Diana xo


  8. hilarymb says:

    Hi Bill – what a delightful post … and as you say they didn’t hang around did they … and they’ll return if they can – your car might be quarantined all next year?! Lovely to see … thank you – cheers Hilary


    • Bill says:

      The fledglings continued to come back to the nest for a while, but I don’t think they’re coming any more. Hopefully that nest is all used up for this year. πŸ™‚


  9. Joanna says:

    Lol. at least your consideration paid dividends. We hung off putting up a new roof on our boys alpaca house only to be repaid with no swallows returning this year and the boys suffering with some rather large horse flies 😦


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