Sunday, April 6, 2014
They nest in natural tree cavities, or man-made nest boxes, including those built for bluebirds. The bluebirds and swallows are both native species and both desirable birds to have in your yard. One proven technique that allows both songbirds to nest together successfully is to set up pairs of boxes, no more than 10-20 feet apart. Since Tree Swallows will not allow another pair of swallows to nest within 20', the second box is free for bluebirds use and the two species can co-exist, after some initial squabbling to sort out who gets which box.
Tree Swallows are our most common summer swallows and are often seen perched on fence posts near their nest boxes. They also spend much of their time in flight. To bathe, swallows swoop down over a body of water and lightly brush the water. To eat, swallows catch mostly winged insects while in flight, but can forage on the ground for insects, spiders, seeds, and berries.
- Bird Nest Basics http://bit.ly/sqNq0u
- 5 Tips to Attract Birds to Nest in your Bird Houses http://bit.ly/uWN7fE
- Common Backyard Bird Nest Identification http://bit.ly/GRg910
- When do birds begin nesting? http://bit.ly/GGuobs