We have our resident pair of Barn Swallows back nesting on our bear kitchen building! They are reusing their old nest from last year, but it needed a few renovations before they moved in.
Swallows will take mouthfuls of mud and combine it with saliva and cement it to the side of the nest.
Once it was done, they laid four eggs inside and incubated for about 21 days. Yesterday they hatched!
The young swallows are born eyes closed and naked except for a couple downy feathers.
For the next 21 days they will develop into fledglings and then take that first bold step in leaving the nest and learning to fly.
We'll update as we go on their progress!