Last weekend the Tree Swallows returned to our backyard. We had them frequenting our yard last year but they never made a nest in the birdhouse. This year as we were watching them we figured out the problem. The hole in the house was too small. The female was trying to go in the house but was struggling to make it through the opening. After a quick internet search for plans, a trip to Home Depot, and a couple hours I had a Tree Swallow nesting box. Within 24 hours of putting it up the swallows were already bringing nesting material into the box to claim it as their own. As of today it is almost non-stop nest building with the female doing most of the work while the male "guards" the nest. These two Swallows must be used to people as they don't mind us being outside while they build, which has allowed me to get some great pictures of them.
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