Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Animals, Nature | 4 comments

Baby Barn Swallows

{l-r, Enee, MeNee, Mighty, Mo}

"Enee, Menee, Mighty, Mo," my father-in-law couldn't wait to introduce us.  He knew they would indefinitely hold me hostage, that I would thrill to their existence.  

Four baby birds living under his roof. Ordinary barn swallows (extraordinary to me).  Darlings of nature.

He urged me to see them the night I arrived, aware their nest was soon to be empty.   A man who goes to the trouble of naming four baby birds understands why it's important to hurry. He didn't want me to miss their show.  

So I watched them that night and again the next morning. When zoom on my camera wasn't enough, I pulled up a perch to get a closer look.  (Me wobblin' on a stool at the top of a small flight of stairs, now that's a picture!)

baby barn swallows in nest

They look like little old men to me.

 

I was spellbound.  Those faces!  Expressive, curious, alike and yet different.  

Objects of my affection, they were impassive to my intrusion. The only thing they cared about was their mama.  I had no need for eyes in the back of my head; when she approached their body language told me she was on the way.

Hungry baby birds

 

Below is my favorite, captured with my iPhone; the only shot with all four beaks simultaneously open.  They're a tiny aviary assemble!   

Hungry barn swallows

"Hall-le-luuuu-jah!!" (or maybe "FEED ME!!")

Barn swallows are sloppy nest builders.  They have no regard for their host families. But for those who can look beyond the mess, they're fun and fascinating to watch.  

A few more of my favorites; I wish they were crisper shots, but I didn't realize until after the fact I needed to adjust settings.

 

Mama bird feeding her babies

Look closely and you'll see the food in Mama's mouth.

Baby bird eating

You can actually see the transfer of food!

Baby bird with food in its beak

 

I was serious when I mentioned my father-in-law named them; he made a sign and posted it by their nest….

Enee, Menee, Mighty, Mo

I thought it was Eenie, Meanie, Miney, Mo…but who am I to know how to spell??

But after observing them for a while, I would've renamed them….

 

4 baby barnswallows

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's off to….

 

Baby barn swallows in nest

Uh-oh…I think I've been spotted…!

 

baby birds in nest

Hmph. Someone doesn't look happy…

 

Angry bird

I call him Angry Bird. There's an app for that.

 

I think I could give up television for good.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy watching my favorite shows, but give me a roaring campfire or a storm coming in on the horizon or a nest of baby birds and I'm entertained and mesmerized. 

Does anything in nature do this for you?  DO tell me I'm not the only one!