And the mystery continues. Our first clutch of swallows this year had to cope with their dead father, sticking upside down in their midst à la Edgar Allen Poe, while mother fluttered helplessly about in agitation. Now the entire second clutch disappeared overnight. What evil lurks on my porches in the darkness of night? I need not […]Read more "The Case of the Nebulous Nestlings"
Don’t you just love our spiffy youngsters? There’re still some stray down feathers sticking up, here and there, but overall we’re looking at a nice line-up of roughly 16 to 18 day old, well fed swallow hatch-to-fledge-lings. And because they’re going to fly off into the sunset soon, I will once more show you a series […]Read more "Domestic Desaster Descends"
Nothing new, just a few more scenes featuring the same old actors – or young, rapidly growing ones, as the case may be. Riddle of the month: what’s that black and yellow blob outside my back door? Indeed. Not a bird, but a reptile – close enough!Texas Spotted Whiptail (Cnemidophorus gularis)However, this is just a […]Read more "Birds, birds, birds, wet birds … a pictoral update"
There are four hatchlings, not three, as previously surmised. Passeriformes, Hirundinidae, Hirundo rustica, Linnaeus 1758Barn Swallow As in past nesting years, one’s a shrayer (second from left, picture above) or Schreier, depending on language preference, while his meeker siblings, in their eagerness to merit a morsel, are in constant danger of toppling out of their nursery. Is there anything […]Read more "Chirping dangerously close to the edge"