Sunday June 18 Female tight on the nest this morning, not many swallows flying, males seem to be elsewhere. Tossed a couple feathers this morning, no takers. Male returned, went into the nest and the female came in and pecked at him until he left. Female is on the eggs most of the time, but will sit in the door hole or fly off (probably hunting a snack.)
Monday June 19 Adding feathers to the nest this morning (snapshot12) Flock of swallows swooping low over the yard looking for feathers. I think more of the males have returned.
Tuesday June 20 Mama still setting her eggs. More swallows around this morning, swooping for feathers and bugs. Mama swallow getting off eggs more frequently and hanging out in door hole during the heat of the day (and panting.) Still taking feathers to the nests (think its the males?) Female on the nest not too bothered by weed eater under her – in the broody mode.
Wednesday June 21 Mama still setting her eggs. Lots of swallows swooping and calling this morning, taking feathers to nest. Male swallow brought feather to female, then jumped on her, she fought him off and setting eggs. Flock swooping for feathers to add to their nests.
Thursday June 22 Mama still setting her eggs, appeared that the male came in and took a short turn setting the eggs. Female on the eggs most of the time, but also spending time sitting in the door hole. Flock swooping for feathers and adding to nest.
Friday June 23 Both swallows taking turns setting on eggs. The male even tweets to the eggs. He leaves when she comes back. The flock was swooping for feathers during the day (who can resist tossing more when they practically follow you around the yard?) Barn cat ducks and hides, they target him!
Saturday June 24 Female on the eggs this morning. The flock was swooping at me for feathers, clicking at me as they flew by (wanting feathers!) There are a lot of new feathers in the nest in the last couple of days. Hot afternoon, parents not on the eggs as much (snapshot13).
Sunday June 25 Three eggs hatched this morning, little pink squiggles. (snapshot14) Male is poking food at them – video (capture.mpg) 4th egg hatched before noon (snapshot16). Watched the last egg hatching just before 7pm (snapshot17). Male took the empty shell halves out the door.
Monday June 26 Babies are wiggling, can barely hold their heads up on skinny necks. Both parents caring for the chicks. (snapshot18) Hot afternoon, no need to set and keep them warm. When not feeding them, the last one tending them sits in the door hole.