Our barn swallows have been very busy! Over the past few days they have built their nest and started laying eggs! Here are some pictures of the progress.
Although they can lay anywhere from 3-8 eggs, we like when they stick to 3 because by the time the babies are ready to leave the nest they barely fit in it! Our nestings from previous years have always yielded three babies.
Once the swallows begin incubating, the eggs will hatch 14-16 days later. We’ll tentatively anticipate a hatching date somewhere at the end of May/beginning of June. I’ll be able to firm that up a bit once we know she’s done laying eggs.
When we enter the “rather boring incubation stage” I’ll share some photos of last year’s babies to keep things interesting while we wait for this year’s! Meanwhile, here are a few pictures of the adults. We’ll be back in a few days with another update. Thanks for reading!