G.K. Learns About Barn Swallows

Posted by Ghenghis Khan

As the new puppy on the farm, there is really a lot for me to learn about.  Just the other day, I was walking past the carport when this bird came swooping down at me.  I wanted to know what kind of bird it was, so I went to find my sisters, Franny and Sharkey.  They seem to have all the answers.

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I noticed that these swooping birds suddenly arrived in the carport.

1 I noticed that these swooping birds suddenly arrived in the carport.

Say, Wilmer - Do you think you can give me a lift so that I am able to see what those birds are up to?

2 Say, Wilmer - Do you think you can give me a lift so that I am able to see what those birds are up to?

Just a little higher please.

3 Just a little higher please.

What a very interesting structure.  It appears to be made out of mud and grass.  Perhaps it's a nest.  I'll go ask Franny and Sharkey about it.

4 What a very interesting structure. It appears to be made out of mud and grass. Perhaps it's a nest. I'll go ask Franny and Sharkey about it.

Franny and Sharkey explained that the barn swallows have migrated back to the farm to build those nests to lay approximately 5 or 6 eggs in.  Those eggs will hatch after about 2 weeks, producing adorable babies.

5 Franny and Sharkey explained that the barn swallows have migrated back to the farm to build those nests to lay approximately 5 or 6 eggs in. Those eggs will hatch after about 2 weeks, producing adorable babies.

Those babies anxiously wait to be fed by mom and dad.

6 Those babies anxiously wait to be fed by mom and dad.

Incoming food!  Incoming food!  But their diet consists of bugs!  I'm glad I don't have to eat insects.

7 Incoming food! Incoming food! But their diet consists of bugs! I'm glad I don't have to eat insects.

Comments (12)

  • Wow GK you are getting to be such a big handsome laddie. Those birds most likely were freaked out when they saw you peeking through the window at them on their perch. They are pretty neat looking just like you are. What awesome photos you have on the blog here thank you for sharing.
    Happy Woof Wednesday to you and your sisters.
    Mrs. Bosley chow

  • G.K. you sure are growing fast now you are a big furball. Better watch out that those Barn Swallows don't come down and peck at your head that would hurt. That's a cute little nest they built, crafty little birds.

    You keep hanging out with F & S they'll teach you everything you need to know especially not to chase skunks.

    It's a rainy day here in New Jersey so I think I'll be indoors most of the day. I heard mom on the phone making me an appointment for the groomer she sure knows how to ruin my day :(

    Zoe

  • Wilmer sure had a lot on his hands.. he he...I miss those swallows, since my horses are in heaven now I don't get to see them build nests and swoop over my head. I have seen different kinds here in the Midwest, and remember the ones when I lived in California...they are beautiful and beneficial birds..
    I did a painting of the swallow, horse and cat in Calif...maybe you can see it here.
    http://webpages.charter.net/depach/page1.htm

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Boy GK you sure do get around the farm. You’re learning fast and growing, well, like a weed. There are a lot of bird’s nest around here too. Those guys sure do get around. Mama knows the names of the birds, but to me they are just birds. Speaking of which, I have to keep the squirrels out of their feeders on the porch. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. Now for that nap I’ve been looking for all morning.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Very entertaining and fantastic pictures. I just love this blog - can't get enough! :)

  • Beautiful photos as always, but GK you are really growing up, such a big boy already.

    Loved the baby swallows with their mouths open great photo.

  • Hello Ladies & G.K.,
    G.K., your sisters are teaching you very well in the art of journalism. Your writings today were very well done and I know it is thanks to the girls. You have grown quite a bit since I last saw you. Very handsome young man I must say.I am more interested in squirrels than birds. I keep them out of our yard--of course with help from Tasha.It snowed here last night so Mom and I are making a big pot of soup today---yum and double yum!!! Have a great day all.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • GK is that you? You've gotten so big in such a short time. Those barn swallows are little cuties but I bet they are noisy too!

    Francesca & Sharkey are doing a wonderful job teaching you the ways of the farm. I love seeing the three of you playing together.

  • Hey GK your head is now just about the size of MY WHOLE BODY!!! kisses Tallulah

  • Hi GK: Those sure are pretty baby birds huh?? I wouldn't hurt them, just sniff them. They would probably peck me on the nose. Their parents would dive-bomb me. Francesca and Sharkey know alot and they could teach you all about the wonderful creatures who live where you do.

    It was really nice and warm today. Daddy took me for my usual walk and I had a sunbath too. We are all so lucky to have such great parents to look after us. Well, it's time for my dinner.

    Take care. See ya later. Love, Gracyn.

  • Hi G.K., I just love it when you do a blog and show us what you are up to these days. Aren't those barn swallows interesting to learn about?! They are so beautiful and their babies are so cute! Your sisters sure do have all the answers and how nice it is that they help you learn everything. We have some cute tiny winter wrens who like to build nests under the eaves of our house and I just love watching them. Thanks for your great pictures. Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • G.K. what ARE you eating? You've grown so big, so fast! You'd crush me with one light swipe of one of your paws. Please make sure that you don't sit down on me, o.k.? Thanks. Bye!

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