12 Apr He’s hitched!
Posted April 12, 2012 from Seattle
Our male Violet-green Swallow came to wait for a mate on March 28, a nice day in a cold stretch, and then again on April 5. But either she came to him or he found her and brought her back but they spent April 9 sitting within a foot of each other much of the day on the wire out front of our house. Our house is a traditional site and they have three clean empty boxes to choose from on the front and two on the back.
Next step is to put out feathers for them to line their nest with. A friend of ours Teri lives out around Winthrop and her husband Ken hunts ducks so these birds should be getting only the best.
My self-anointed role in the process is to worry. There’s bad weather, speeding automobiles, cats that present danger when the Violet-greens are picking up nesting materials, Merlins, Sharp-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks, and other dangers that I haven’t even thought of.