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2015 barn swallow nesting
The 2015 nesting season consisted of 13 first broods and 9 second broods, all in nest cups in the swallow room. Nest cups used for the first brood were reused for the second only in three instances. The other 6 second broods were in new nest cups.
The single nesting in the shelter was by house finches. Also, the phoebes returned to the swallow room to have two broods in their usual location above a beam, rather than in a nest cup in the shelter as in 2014.
Preparation for 2016 nest monitoring
The tentative plan for 2016
2016 Barn swallow nesting - No video monitoring was done in 2016. Diane was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer in March and lost her battle with that cancer in December.
The first two barn swallows returned on April 15. There were only seven swallow first broods and five second broods. It appears that fewer swallows returned in 2016.
2018 - The Barnyard Balance of Nature Goes Awry
|barn owl||American kestrel||purple martin||barn swallow||Eastern bluebird|
|tufted titmouse||Eastern phoebe||yellow shafted flicker||tree swallow||chimney swift|
|house wren||big brown bat||Carolina wren||brown thrasher||catbird|
|cedar waxwing||Northern mockingbird|
|Yellow warbler||Acadian flycatcher|
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