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The Pensthorpe Swallows

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24th June 2010

Swallow solidarity

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Swallow solidarity

Catch up with the swallows as they start to feed for themselves and prepare for their migration later in the year.

16th June 2010

Boomerang swallows

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Boomerang swallows

They are back again...

Indoor aeronautics

The swallow chicks are still hanging around the nest. They have been spotted testing their aerobatics skills in the barn, in between finding their balance on the high beams.

15th June 2010

Follow the swallow

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Follow the swallow

Watch as the brave swallow chicks venture into the big wide world, then decide the nest is much safer.

14th June 2010

Time to cut the apron strings

The fledged chicks are back in the nest

After a short fledge, the swallow nestlings are back in the nest. The adults continue to feed the (rather large) nestlings, and like true teenagers they are not in refusal. I wonder if they brought a bag of washing too?

And then there was none

An empty swallows nest

After days of waiting, the swallow nestlings flew the nest at noon on Saturday.

11th June 2010

This nest ain't big enough for all of us

We are still all excitedly waiting for the swallow chicks to fledge. Look how big they are on the webcams.

10th June 2010

You still live at home!

The adult looking swallow chicks sat in their nest

The swallow chicks have really taken on the appearance of adult swallows over the last few days.

Tip top plumes

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Tip top plumes

The swallow chicks are getting ready to fledge. They have been sat on the edge of the nest for days now. Will it be tomorrow?

9th June 2010

Uninvited guests

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Uninvited guests

Join Chris as he catches up with the swallow chicks, and explains who the swallows uninvited guests are.

All grown up

The large swallow nestlings

The swallow nestlings are looking alot like their parents now. But when are they going to fledge?

8th June 2010

Singing in the rain

The swallow chicks huddled in their nest

The recent rain doesn't seem to be putting too much of a dampener on the swallow chicks' menu. The adult swallows are still feeding their chicks eight times and hour.

Up bright and early

It was an early start again this morning for the adult swallows. With feeding starting at 6.19 am followed by nest tidying, emptying out the parasites and 30 trips (per hour) round the block for food. There is no rest for the wicked or our tired swallow parents.

7th June 2010

Empty handed

This morning the adult swallows were spotted returning to the nest for feeding, empty handed. Could this be a cunning method of enticing the chicks to fledge?

Budge up!

The large swallow chicks sat in their small nest

The very large swallow chicks are begining to out grow their sculpted nest. Over the weekend the swallows developed their adult plummage and are beginning to preen more. But when will they fledge?

Pampered chicks

The swallow chicks were treated to a weekend of eating, sleeping, stretching and a little more eating, courtesy of their parents. They are growing up so quickly. Check out how big they are on the webcams

4th June 2010

Radical swallows

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Radical swallows

The swallow chicks are developing fast. Catch up on their progress with Chris and Kate.

3rd June 2010

Perked up for lunch

Perky swallow chicks being fed by mum

The swallow chicks seem to have perked up today. Mum is working hard with 36 feeds an hour.

Unwanted visitors

The swallow chicks having a snooze

The swallow chicks were looking a little glum yesterday with the arrival of lots of unwanted visitors in the form of parasites. Hopefully mum will sort these out before they cause any harm to her chicks.

2nd June 2010

Dreaming under the eaves

The swallow chicks sat in their nest.

The content swallow chicks are happily dreaming under the eaves. They seem in no hurry at the moment to fledge. With food on demand and a tranquil atmospheric nest, it's no surprise.

At home with the family

Five chicks and mum in their nest.

It is getting rather full up in the swallow's nest when mum is home. The five chicks are getting really big now.

1st June 2010

Multi-storey swallows nests

Active swallows nest with five chicks and abandoned nest above

Active swallows nest with five chicks in the eaves of a barn. You can see a second abandoned swallow's nest above.

That's team work

Both swallow parents feeding the chicks

Feeding time is a team effort with both parents doing their share.

Please keep this place tidy

The mother swallow tidying the nest

The mother swallow takes time out of feeding duty to carry out general house keeping chores like tidying the nest.

Hungry swallow chicks being fed

Female swallow feeding chicks

The Pensthorpe swallows are busy catching insects on the wing (in flight) to feed to their chicks. This morning they were feeding up to 32 times per hour.

Snoozing swallow chicks

Snoozing swallow chicks

The five swallow chicks happily snooze in between feedings.

About

Swallows nest

In 2010 Springwatch followed a family of swallows nesting high up in the eaves of a barn at Pensthorpe. Follow the chicks as they develop into striking young swallows and flee the nest.

The swallows streamlined body and pointed wings makes them perfectly designed to catch insects in flight. This aerodynamic design allows swallows to fly at speeds of up to 65 km/hr. Their long tails, which can be forked, indented or square, help them manouver more efficiently in flight.

Swallow flying low over grass towards camera (c) Jacky Stuart Swallow

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