Once again, we are helping to raise another generation of barn swallows by leaving their nest underneath our front porch cover. The parents seemed much smaller this year than the last two, but did find the nest and within a few weeks, had laid eggs. They are fierce protectors of that nest!
Only a few weeks later, the baby swallows are out of the nest and learning to fly! They line themselves up along the window trim underneath the porch when they are resting. This year, there are four in the spring group. If we're lucky, there will be a second fall group.
And yes, the front porch floor is covered with bird poop. It's a small price to pay for these little darlings.