They nestled outside the main office on the underside of the deck roof. The protective parents of these barn swallows temporarily interrupted morning coffee and the sunrise view. It was fun watching the progressive stages from nest building, to brooding eggs, to feeding these four big mouths. Any attempt to occupy their space was confronted with courteous but concerned aerial persistence.
Today was the first “proud parent” moment (so to speak) as we were allowed to see a “pre-flight” premier view at the next generation of big mouth bug catchers without confrontation.
It’s very rewarding to feel accepted as a part of a trust in the chain of life. The parents acknowledged the camera, allowing it to be within 5 feet, but retreated as if to say, “look what we’ve done!”
There were three hovering visitations during this photo session. It will be remembered best in the eye to eye contact moments that expressed a hopeful trust between us. Although the four centers of attraction were oblivious to our visit but responded with open mouths at every approach of the courteous parents.
The four were never fed during the photo shoot. We accepted it as a formal introduction, although names were never exchanged :-).
Simply, with Chef “What’s His Name?”
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