Last year due to 3 yrs of more than average rain, it was the summer of unexpected plants, blossoms. Things were blooming and brightly colored that i hadn't even known grew here. This summer, already hot and dry, Seems to shaping up as the summer of unexpected structures. Before i discovered the spider web/nest of my previous post, i saw this on a viga on my front portico.
My first thought was wasp or hornet nest, we have similar down in one of the old sheds. Tho had only seen 1 or 2 wasps in several weeks. In the meantime a pair swallows started coming around. We first saw them perching on our solar porch light near front door and on the wire going to the solar battery several yards away out from under eaves where it gets many hours of sunlight. Then my daughter called to me one day as she let the dogs in...she could see a tail sticking out of the nest. So we are hoping for babies before long. Like the humming birds these small visitors seem to know we would not hurt them, that i in fact put out seed for all the birds and sometimes bits of fruits. When i talk to them on thru the door they cock their heads as if listening. They don't even seem to be scared of the 3 large noisy dogs, who all like small birds, will sit and quietly watch them---but bark at owls, ring-necked doves (incredibly noisy birds) and crows. Have yet to get a clear shot of the little tails sticking out of the nest. But here is one of one of them sitting on the power line:
When they are swooping around you can see their tails are forked and so i thought they might be swallow family. A Google image search confirmed it. These guys are new this year, i'm not sure why...we had two relatively dry summers the first 2 yrs here, so it can't just be that.
This is a large part of my love for living rural: Being able to observe, which leads to research and learning more about my local environment and wildlife.