Fledgling Barn Swallows

I movd into my in-laws basement a few weeks ago after selling our house in Columbia.
Just outside the basement door, on one of the rafters supporting the deck, there is a barn swallow nest with three young barn swallows in it.

When I woke up this morning, there was quite a barn-swallow commotion going on outside. I peeked out the door, and the nest was empty.


Luckily, this was not a predator-commotion, it was a fledglings leaving the nest commotion. The whole family was perched atop a retaining wall a few feet away.


The parents quickly flew off when I appeared, but the little guys stuck around a while. Especially this one, I got within 2 feed of this fella before he wised up and flew off.


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