Build It and They Will Come

Last year, we had a flock of swallows pass through the Queendom, but their stay was short. I really only remember them visiting for a day or two, swooping and eating thousands of bugs during their short visit. I was ever-hopeful that they would stay and eat pond insects all summer long. But alas, they carried on their migration and weren’t seen again.

Definitely a Violet-Green Swallow on the hydro wire.

Definitely a Violet-Green Swallow on the hydro wire.

This year, once again, they made their stop at the Queendom, but this time FM was ready to take action. The day that we noticed them darting around, FM headed into the shop with swallow nest box measurements and, as quickly as you can say “Are those Violet-Greens or Trees?”, he had produced the ideal nesting box and had mounted it at the roofline of the workshop.

Within an hour or two, a couple of pairs of Violet-Green Swallows were checking out the new digs. One would hang out on the exposed roof rafters while the other went inside and peeked out to report.

This is a one-bedroom fly-up loft with a fabulous view and its only a short flight to fine dining.

This is a one-bedroom fly-up loft with a fabulous view and it’s only a short flight to fine dining.

We were sure that our new neighbours had come to roost. But, unfortunately, they didn’t jump at the opportunity. A week went by with barely a sighting.

Swallows

Awaiting residents

Just yesterday, while having some quality Chick Time, I noticed that the swallows were back. And this morning, there is a flurry of nest-building going on inside the new house. In fact, it seems that two pairs of Violet-Green swallows are getting very territorial about the new real estate. FM has plans to build another nesting box to accommodate the other couple. We are very hopeful that a new crop of insect-eating machines will hatch just in time for mosquito season and that they will return for years to come. Stay tuned!

And we have take-off!

And we have take-off!

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