Photos Are A Challenge Now

@CarolDM (144311)
United States
June 13, 2021 2:35pm CST
The tree swallow babies turned 12 days old today. The parents will not allow me to get very close these days. And that is ok. I know they are being taken care of. The parents are constantly feeding them and they are growing every day. You can see from this photo I snapped today, three are at the entrance of the door. There are two more inside as well. Soon they will fly away. About one more week. If you look close, you can see their eyes are open too. I would love to see their feathers, but I cannot risk trying to open the door. They could fall out of the nest. So, I watch from a distance. And I can hear them when they get fed, making all kinds of noise. A chart I follow tells me at 12 days old, they are about the same weight as the parents. Hard to believe. I know it is getting crowded in that house. They have vents on each side for air. The parents are circling me from above, so I am quick to get the photos and leave. I can see the little beaks from the window I am at while on the computer. They will be missed when they leave. I hope they will be safe.
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@sharon6345 (281718)
• United States
13 Jun
They will be ok until a cat has their field day with them. I wish them the best.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
13 Jun
Thanks for that horrible thought. I hope they fly away and survive.
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@sharon6345 (281718)
• United States
13 Jun
@CarolDM I hope they stay with you longer so you have something sweet to share with us. They know they are safe there.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
13 Jun
@sharon6345 We will see. They will go with their parents soon.
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@NJChicaa (100639)
• United States
13 Jun
I had a beautiful Mexican bird house hanging on the front of the house but no birds ever decided to inhabit it. It was okay. It still was so pretty.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
13 Jun
These have to be a certain size and openings, etc for birds to nest. Except for wrens. They will nest anywhere.
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@NJChicaa (100639)
• United States
13 Jun
@CarolDM I don't know anything about outside birds. Ask me about parrots though and I can talk your head off.
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@RasmaSandra (44148)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
13 Jun
They are just adorable and I also hope they will keep safe when they leave, Perhaps they will come to visit,
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
13 Jun
I will miss these little guys. When they leave, they don't retune from what I have read. But you never know.
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@Fleura (16101)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun
The whole process is over so fast!
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
13 Jun
Yes it really is. With the heat I am glad for them honestly, I hope they survive the heat.
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@RebeccasFarm (35170)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
13 Jun
So charming Carol yes it wont be long now
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
13 Jun
I know, they will be gone soon.
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@kaylachan (22921)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
13 Jun
I'm sure they will be, missed and safe. Birds have been building nests and having babies longer than we've been alive.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
13 Jun
I know, there are just so many predators out there. I wish them the best.
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@Juliaacv (56387)
• Canada
13 Jun
This is still a great shot. Soon they will be independent little birdies in your yard.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
13 Jun
Thanks! Such sweeties. They will fly out and leave shortly after.
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@Scrapper88 (2949)
• United States
13 Jun
I am glad to hear that they are doing good.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
13 Jun
Thank you!
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@1creekgirl (26170)
• United States
13 Jun
That photo should be a magazine cover!
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
13 Jun
You are so kind. I was out in the steaming sun, could barely see, the parents were circling my head, and I snapped this. They are such cuties.
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@DocAndersen (45399)
• United States
14 Jun
time to break out that pinecone camo (who can resist a tall pinecone)!!!!
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
14 Jun
I was out watering the birds today and got dive bombed.
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@DocAndersen (45399)
• United States
14 Jun
@CarolDM oh my - that is always tough - the Ravens along our back fence think it is funny to do that on occasion
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
14 Jun
@DocAndersen Oh well, at least I know the babies are being taken care of.
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• United States
14 Jun
That's an amazing picture and how those little swallows are peeking out. They certainly have a nice little house to live in.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
14 Jun
Thanks! There are two more in there somewhere. That is the bluebird house in Dustin's garden.
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• United States
14 Jun
@CarolDM I've never seen a birdhouse that nice before
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
14 Jun
@Marilynda1225 Thanks, this is the bluebird house I have always had in Dustin's garden.
@LadyDuck (346568)
• Switzerland
14 Jun
They have grown up a lot and I can see their eyes open. Another week and they will fly away.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
14 Jun
I would love to see more, but not possible. They are fully feathered at this age.
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@LadyDuck (346568)
• Switzerland
15 Jun
@CarolDM It is even hard to take photos, the parents protect their babies.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
15 Jun
@LadyDuck Yes and I am glad they do.
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@Rashnag (16747)
• Surat, India
14 Jun
Good to know. Thanks for sharing. Have a good day
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
14 Jun
Thanks!
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@Rashnag (16747)
• Surat, India
15 Jun
@CarolDM your welcome
@Shiva49 (22415)
• Singapore
14 Jun
I hope they are all healthy and find their way about in their lives. It looks like you have made a nice place for them and also for others to follow.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
14 Jun
Thanks! And I do as well. I have had bluebirds in this house each year for 12 years. This is the first time other birds have nested. Maybe the bluebirds will return next year.
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@sjvg1976 (25811)
• Delhi, India
14 Jun
Hope they are safe unless they get a prey of anyone. So we will be missing their pics once they will fly off their own
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
14 Jun
I will miss them as well.
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@LindaOHio (70618)
• United States
14 Jun
What a sweet photo.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
14 Jun
Thanks! They are cuties, and I can see their eyes.
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@Nevena83 (65162)
• Serbia
14 Jun
You took a beautiful photo.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
14 Jun
Thanks!
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@wolfgirl569 (43664)
• Marion, Ohio
14 Jun
That is a great photo there.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
14 Jun
Thanks I see four but can’t always catch them with the camera.
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@jstory07 (107601)
• Roseburg, Oregon
14 Jun
At least they are being taken good care of.
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
14 Jun
Yes they are eating good.
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@moonandstars (51790)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
14 Jun
you should listen to the parents 12 days, so cute!
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@CarolDM (144311)
• United States
14 Jun
I do, that is why all you see is this photo.
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
17 Jun
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