Sunday, 7 August 2011

Nesting swallows

THE weekend before last (23/24 July 2011) we dropped into the National Trust's Knighthayes Estate (after a weekend under canvas) to take a peak that their lovely walled kitchen garden.  This is always stunning  in Summer and you can often buy excess veg or flowers, not used in the restaurant.

The former stable courtyard, adjacent to the garden, is now set up as a restaurant and shop.  The large archway into the courtyard makes a perfect spot for a pair of nesting swallows.

There was one nest with parents dashing in and out, pretty oblivious to the people below; however most of the people were equally oblivious!

I should think that this was a second brood as that the chicks are so small still.

Here are the piccies:

The local red mud making up the nest

Young chicks showing above the nest rim

Showing off the forked tail
Adult resting on guttering

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