I can't actually see the eggs. They are in a very deep bowl/cup that she has made in the top of the nest. The only way I can check the eggs is by putting my little Dual Lens Kodak camera inside and taking pictures. I work fast so mama bird won't get upset with me!
The Tree Swallows gave me many headaches when they first appeared in my backyard. They wanted to nest in the gourds that I had prepared for Purple Martins. They defended those gourds with their lives and chased away every bird that landed on the gourds. Finally, I learned that if I made them a gourd of their own, 25-30' away from the gourd rack, they would nest in it, protect it, and also protect the Purple Martin gourd rack. It worked!! They still defend the gourd rack from other birds, not Purple Martins, and they fiercely defend their own precious gourd. Another Purple Martin friend and enthusiast sent me entrance holes for the Tree Swallow gourd that are small enough for Tree Swallows but too small for Starlings and other predators. I am so grateful to him! Hatch date should be 5/20/2011
I've been busy also planning two flower beds - one for my front yard and one for the back yard. I love the planning and the results of a beautiful flower garden. The work in between the "planning" and the "beautiful" is the hard part. My old bones and joints aren't what they used to be! When they are completed, and if I'm still 'young' enough to take pictures, I'll put them in my blog for all to enjoy. (I suppose folks enjoy other peoples' flower gardens?)
When you get right down to it, it's always the planning and results we enjoy, huh? Just as with the birds, planning for their comfort and well-being, and the flower beds, so with life!
We plan, we work toward a goal or destination, and in the end, it's the in-between part that makes us who we are.