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Under the Bridge

Barn Swallow
What could this Barn Swallow be doing?

Barn Swallow
She has made herself a fine nest!

Barn Swallow
Get more bugs for me mom!

Covered Bridge
One of my older pictures I have of the covered bridge!

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40 responses

  1. Pretty shots of one of my favorite birds!

    11 July 2008 at 8:11 am

  2. Aren’t they wonderful? Lovely to look at and they eat those pesky bugs. Great shots.

    11 July 2008 at 8:58 am

  3. The covered brige looks just like a Bob Ross painting.

    11 July 2008 at 9:25 am

  4. To be fair . . . it’s a very barn-like bridge!

    11 July 2008 at 9:53 am

  5. Beautiful bridge photo. Raising baby birds seems to be such hard work! Those poor parents have to put up with screaming, crying, and wing fluttering. They can’t get back soon enough, the babies are always complaining of hunger. They are so fun to watch.

    11 July 2008 at 10:06 am

  6. Wonderful photos, tom. The swallows do seem to work hard all day long to feed their ever-hungry offspring. I am always amazed by the parents’ efforts to keep those babies fed.

    11 July 2008 at 11:36 am

  7. This is great–watching nest in progress and junior birds giving orders to parents.
    You got me, at first, on the bridge–I thought–fall colors now? Wow, then realized that you said a previous pic of the bridge that you had.

    11 July 2008 at 12:59 pm

  8. That is a fantastic nest and they chose a great location. (Your photo should be a painting!)

    11 July 2008 at 2:05 pm

  9. Beautiful birds.
    I love watching the swallows.

    11 July 2008 at 5:53 pm

  10. Howdy Tom- Very nice images of the swallows. Looks like you are have a very birdy field season. I almost can’t wait until winter so that I can visit other’s blogs with more regularity!


    11 July 2008 at 8:58 pm

  11. Awesome photos! I love the little chick sticking his head out!

    11 July 2008 at 9:12 pm

  12. Hi,
    Great Photographs , I just fell in love with them.. Could not complete reading ur write up, but have book marked it for future reading.
    Awaiting more posts from u

    11 July 2008 at 11:26 pm

  13. So beautiful she is… and what a great nest!

    12 July 2008 at 7:45 am

  14. Lisa at Greenbow

    Great photos Monarch. That bridge picture looks like a postcard.

    12 July 2008 at 7:53 am

  15. Cool!

    12 July 2008 at 10:21 am

  16. NatureShutterbug

    Those are great pictures in poor light. Are you using the Vivitar lens with the D300? Swallows are fabulous.

    12 July 2008 at 7:10 pm

  17. That’s awesome! I took a picture of that same nest (Red House, right?) last time but the birds weren’t around.

    13 July 2008 at 7:23 pm

  18. Barn. Swallow. You are a BARN Swallow!

    But beautiful nonetheless.

    13 July 2008 at 11:09 pm

  19. Mel

    Wow! Great shot of that chick!!

    14 July 2008 at 1:01 am

  20. Awww…. one of my favorite birds. So fond of them.

    Great shots!

    14 July 2008 at 3:27 pm

  21. Marg

    Just love that inflight one! me too Mary!

    14 July 2008 at 8:01 pm

  22. My favorite is the baby with the WIDE open beak. Maybe the mom picked that spot because it was sheltered — or maybe for the aesthetic value of the setting.

    14 July 2008 at 9:18 pm

  23. We have a nest on the side of the building where I work. This weekend it was attacked and the male was killed. It looks like something attacked it again last night. The poor female is trying to sit on the eggs (if there are some). This is the second time a male was killed (don’t know if the female is the same). I see them swooping at each other around all the buildings (barn swallows). Do they attack each others nests? We had a couple of ground squirrels around the building but I don’t think they could scale the wall, although they might be able to hang from the porch cover. I’m assuming they were males because the bird that’s left doesn’t sing. Thank you.

    15 July 2008 at 10:58 pm

  24. Excellent shots – our locals are built under a drainage dam so there is no way to get underneath. Nice to see the nests for once!

    16 July 2008 at 8:43 am

  25. Great shots Tom, is that whiskers on the top bird ?

    16 July 2008 at 12:18 pm

  26. Fantastic photos as usual Tom! Thanks for sharing them and your knowledge.

    16 July 2008 at 10:28 pm

  27. Moe

    Great shots! Such great birds.

    17 July 2008 at 2:10 pm

  28. Mom is doing a great job building the perfect nest. Wow – what a beautiful shot of the covered bridge in the fall! Thanks for sharing, Tom!

    18 July 2008 at 11:39 pm

  29. Lovely shot of the bridge. Kudos to the swallow (& all of the other, wonderful birds doin’ their things these days!)

    19 July 2008 at 3:53 am

  30. Those are great photos! I love old covered bridges. There aren’t that many of them around our area.

    19 July 2008 at 1:42 pm

  31. NatureShutterbug

    I hope Tom is OK – no posts for a while.

    19 July 2008 at 9:20 pm

  32. She has made a strong nest I can see. Natures wonder! It always amazes me the building skills of these birds..great shot of the bridge.

    20 July 2008 at 9:43 am

  33. Just checking in, wondering where you are and what you’re seeing. Hope all is well there.

    20 July 2008 at 12:02 pm

  34. I hope everything is okay too…I keep checking every couple of days.

    20 July 2008 at 11:38 pm

  35. Hope you’re doing well, Tom ~ GORGEOUS photos, my friend! 🙂

    21 July 2008 at 2:11 pm

  36. Come back soon Tom! I don’t remember where I saw it, but I heard a rumor you are lost in WoW… uh oh. According to a couple friends I have, they are WoW widows. I get it though, I love video games too, but haven’t played that one. I’ve been lost in Half-life though.

    22 July 2008 at 5:17 pm

  37. Just checking in with you Tom. Hope all’s well with you.

    22 July 2008 at 11:03 pm

  38. Missing your posts and pictures. Come back soon.

    23 July 2008 at 6:25 am

  39. Grace

    Good to see you at the party. 🙂
    Now they will all be jealous. 😉

    23 July 2008 at 11:08 pm

  40. Your blog and phots are wonderful! I have a soft spot for birds and have really enjoyed your pictures and stories!

    5 August 2008 at 7:04 pm

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