Today, the first clutch of swallows for 2012 flew. Usually, we get two clutches a summer. Last year, the swallow pair built their nest on a horseshoe directly above the door we use to go in and out of the house 20 times a day, and where Ranger lays. This year they came back to the same nest, and I don't know how, they managed to raise 6 fledglings in that tiny pocket. None fell or were pushed out, like last year.
Here are some peeking out, just last night. We could not tell how many were in the nest.
As they got tired, they landed everywhere they could find that was close to the nest.
Their flights were so joyous it was a pleasure to watch them. They swooped and swirled around us on the deck.
It turned out there were six babies in this clutch, all healthy and happy.
Second year they've used the lights to roost on!
Welcome, little Swallows!