lpearce's picture


Observed: 11th May 2011 By: lpearcelpearce’s reputation in Birdslpearce’s reputation in Birdslpearce’s reputation in Birdslpearce’s reputation in Birds

Last week we noticed swallows had arrived in our area, then yesterday two flew into our garage and started refurbishing a nest used last year.
Last year there were five chicks safely reared.
I have a camera on the nest and will post update photographs on this entry when there are , hopefully, eggs and then chicks.
Would it be the same pair returning??

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Fenwickfield's picture

I think so

I have six pairs of swallows and I am sure it is the same one's that come back each year,such a mazing bird's to watch,mine are all in old barns and if my front door is open they sometimes fly in and out of the house.


anonymous spotter's picture

Not sure about swallows -

but when I had the BTO lads ringing birds in a nature reserve I looked after in Worcestershire years ago, ring data showed that great tits and pied flycatchers regularly returned to the same nest boxes.
We tried to avoid telling visitors (we had a "rent-a-nest" scheme) that in some cases a parent had disappeared, and mummy or daddy had set up home with one of their own young...

Fenwickfield's picture


Don't know what to say so my years of thinking they were monogamous happy families has been shattered.



anonymous spotter's picture

I assume that swallows

are unaware of human ethics regarding incest... Whilst in-breeding is not good for a species, as long as they are successfully raising chicks, I suppose they could be regarded as "happy".
I believe that male birds of several species are often polygamous, having more than one family on the go in most summers. That must be exhausting work!