Violet-Green swallows are back, fresh from their long journey from the tropics. They visited us four or five times in April, announcing their arrival in that lively bubbling language that is so unmistakeably “Swallow”.
They swooped low, making multiple passes over our lawn and garden and checking out the nest boxes on the side of our house. On one of the visits, a swallow climbed inside a box and stayed for the afternoon, looking down at us each time we passed by. But so far, they haven’t actually moved in.
However, we’re keeping our fingers crossed. In the spring of 2010 we we had repeated visits by up to a half dozen Violet-Greens, causing our hopes to rise, then sink again as they disappeared. Finally, after several weeks of these short, sporadic visits, a pair moved in to one of the boxes and began raising a new family. The same thing happened in 2011. So we’re hopeful.
Could the birds checking out our nest boxes this spring be the same pair? Or perhaps some of their youngsters, now grown up? Perhaps even the little guy that we rescued? (See the photo above, and more below.) He was the last one to leave the nest in June, tumbling onto the lawn when he finally plucked up the courage to try out his wings. It’s fun to imagine he might remember us!
More photos of the fallen fledgling – mouse over image for caption, and click for larger, slide show view: