OWLS & OTHERS FROM THE NORTH SHORE OF MASSACHUSETTS AND ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE USA

I'm an avid birder and nature photographer wishing to share some of my sightings & images taken while out in the "wilds" of Cape Ann and surrounding New England countryside. More images can be found on my web site at New England Birds Plus Enjoy, Phil Brown


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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cliff Swallows - Newbury, MA - May 30, 2011

Seeing Cliff Swallows flying above one of the many small streams in Newbury caused me to stop and take a closer look. With the birds flying under the bridge I decided to look closer and found several quietly building their nests for this years batch of youngsters.


The brief video below shows the pair adding "real estate" to their soon to be completed nest.


One mouthful at a time they bring the mud to the nest, placing the current beak-full on top of the last. That's a lot of trips!


You can see the recent work outlined as darker mud in the image above. This nest just needs an entrance hole like the one shown below and it's ready for eggs.