Strong

by Camellia Staab June. 09, 2018 300 views

Came across a gulp of swallows that were flying around Lake Drake, outside of Springfield. They would all soar down, land close to the water, sit for a few seconds, and then take off. As I got closer to the water they got further away from me. Eventually, I was close enough to the area that they had landed to see that the only thing there was mud.

Sadly I couldn't focus on any of them, they were so fast

Sadly I couldn't focus on any of them, they were so fast

Of course now that I was close to the mud, they were nowhere close instead they were all flying in and out of the picnic pavilion which was approximately 50 steps away from the lake. Curiosity killed the cat, so the cat, being me, decided to go towards the picnic pavilion to see what was hidden there and why the swallows kept rushing in and out of there. As you can guess, I got close, and they got further away. Finally when I got inside the pavilion this is what I saw.

They had built themselves strong nests using the mud from the lake. There were no eggs. It was very interesting, wish I had been able to get close enough to capture one in a photo. Maybe next time. :)

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Jay Boggess 3 years ago

I love swallows! They are so industrious and tireless parents, in keeping their chicks well fed! When I lived in Texas I had a pair that built a nest on my front porch, just outside my window, where I was able to watch them closely as they came & went hundreds of times/day to keep their chicks well fed. After the chicks were fledged, they would all disappear one day and not return 'til next Spring, to the same place! Amazing creatures!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years ago

Interesting that they would come back.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 3 years ago

Every year they came back and made additions & repairs to their previous mud house, before laying the eggs & raising the chicks......

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years ago

That's really cool. I always thought once they left, they left

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 3 years ago

They came back 5-years in a row and always had 3 or 4 chicks that all made it!!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years ago

Wow!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 3 years ago

That's what I thought! Such a big spirit in such a small package!

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Antonio Gil 3 years ago

Nature always find a way. Those nests made of mud are good examples

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years ago

+1

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