Practice Makes Perfect

Baby Tree Swallows Learn to Glide We have two Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) families nest in our garden this year, one in the back yard and one in the front.  The family in the back has three chicks, four chicks are in the front.  So, we have the sky covered for insect patrol this year.... Continue Reading →

Still defending their home

Aerial show this morning There was an aerial show over our garden this morning.  It was like six mini-fighter jets doing an air show.  Sleek white and metallic blue bodies swooping back and forth chasing one another at high speed, too fast to catch on video.  Once in a while one of them would swoop... Continue Reading →

Hope they settle down soon

Tree Swallow vs Eastern Bluebird The usual visitors to our garden in the past few years just came back...the Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor).  We heard their unique gargle-like chirp up in the sky a few days ago.  Four of them.  Yesterday they were chased off by the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) couple that have been... Continue Reading →


To Swallow, ..or Not: They came to our garden for the first time last year, late in the spring.  We got so excited when we saw them checking out the bird-houses we had put up in hope of attracting Bluebirds.  Didn't expect them to take up residence since they always stayed so high up in... Continue Reading →

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