Friday, July 11, 2014

Barn Swallow, Bernheim Arboretum

Feeding time at the Pavilion at Bernheim found the parents busy with their younguns when I visited recently. The Pavilion is an octagon shaped building and the oddity was only the west side of the building had Barn Swallow nests with babies, while on the east side all of the nests were empty.

The extra long narrow wings of the Barn Swallows amaze me every time I see them. Obviously, these aerodynamic wings help the Swallows swoop in and out from under the eaves of the Pavilion checking in on the babies. The weather this week in the Ohio River Valley has been 'not the usual July heat wave' that we normally have this time of year. We have had low humidity and the temps have stayed in the 70's and 80's. It has been a fantastic reprieve. This weekend the heat and humidity will be creeping back in. I hope your weather finds you fair wherever you may be. Fortunately, no hurricanes or typhoons are in the news for this weekend, so hopefully things will be a little calmer around the globe. Have a great weekend. I'll be back soon. ENJOY!


  1. Carol. Sometimes nests facing east get far too hot for sucessful breeding OR they had already left the nest.

    BTW we are both well but missing the warm sunshine .... another period of much cooler, windy and showery weather here so not a lot of chances for wildlife photography!

  2. Great weather you're having, Carol. I wonder if the east side would get hotter? (Surely the south side would...)

  3. A wonderful capture of this barn swallow. I wonder about the nests being empty on one side of the barn. Perhaps an animal raided them all at once? We are definitely happy for a nice sunny hot weekend coming after last Saturday's awful almost hurricane Arthur! lol There are still thousands without power in our province and they will be until early next week. I'm glad we have ours on! Enjoy the weekend.

  4. Beautiful. Cheers, Jean