Each summer we have several nests of barn swallows.
Late last week I watched the first of the barn swallows fly across the pasture. This morning I had the first evidence that housekeeping has started.
One of the oldest/biggest nests is perched on top of the flood light over the feed room in the barn.
As you can see it’s a tight fit.
This morning I found this little mess on the floor directly underneath the nest. It’s made up of hay loosely joined with mud and a plush lining of chicken feathers.
Usually they just build a new layer on top of last years nest. I suspect this last top layer had to be evicted because there is no more room to build up.
We should see the females arrive soon.