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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: In praise of flies...  Reply with quote

I have been watching the progress of the five baby swallows which are in the nestbox I put up in the porch outside my front door.  I am astonished at the rate of growth these nestlings have achieved.  And there parents have fed them on nothing but flies!  I have a good mind to give up my diet of steak and eggs and go on flies!  - or maybe not.....
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard it reported that with the growing population and pressure on farm land we'll all be eating insects instead of steak in the not too distant future .
I don't find that idea repulsive but admit that I haven't intentionally eaten any type of insect to date. Do you know whether any of the ones we find over here have any culinary value ?   That is worth a topic of its own. I've started one here  http://countrytalkandtips.myfreeforum.org/about5077.html&highlight=
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Natterjack



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Location: North Kerry

PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:00 pm    Post subject: Re: In praise of flies... Reply with quote

Sean Ph'lib wrote:
I have been watching the progress of the five baby swallows which are in the nestbox I put up in the porch outside my front door.  I am astonished at the rate of growth these nestlings have achieved.  And there parents have fed them on nothing but flies!  I have a good mind to give up my diet of steak and eggs and go on flies!  - or maybe not.....



What sort of nestbox did you use, Sean?

I feel guilty this year, as the swallows that previously nested in our house, are homeless
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a couple of photos - sorry, quality not great, but they're in the shade.  They're  just a simple flat board supported by a couple of brackets with a bit of plastic tacked on the front.

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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also hung up a couple of perches which the young swallows use when they fledge.  I'll try to get a photo of them  - they should fledge in a few days' time.
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Natterjack



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant thankyou.

I'll have a go

I feel the need to make up for taking away their house that they've nested in the last 30 years.
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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


Success!

Sorry - image upside-down.  Tried to correct it, but failed.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a clip from the Monty Python "Deceased Parrot" sketch !  

I think you'd have to rotate your original photo , edit your post to delete the upside down one then re-upload . Alternatively don't bother . No worries

We've only had one breeding pair of swallows this year. There used to be several. They are teaching their young to fly . The aerobatics they perform are lovely to watch.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here you go.



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Sean Ph'lib



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Marlin.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Marlin, .......    how did you do that ?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

blowin wrote:
Hi Marlin, .......    how did you do that ?
I just copied it and was able to turn it round into the right directon and reposted it.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here we are, getting towards the middle of  August, and the second brood of swallows is nearly ready to fly. They raised this batch at the other end of the nestbox.

Sorry about the quality of the picture, but there are five chicks in there, huddled together!

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