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We have been watching this pair of tree swallows since they arrived when spring came. The happy couple paired off and then selected this abode to build their nest. The selection of nest materials has been astounding and their labors amazing. Finally when they deem the time right she will lay her eggs inside the cozy nest. She will sit on her eggs and watch the world out the door waiting for the hatching to come about. For now she pops in and out and watches us as we move about as if to say this is our HOME SWEET HOME do you like it?

I found out they Swallows are classified as songbirds as well but after listening to the last few weeks it is really not a surprise :>))

Taken on our acreage south of Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada

Rebel XSi, Lens Canon 55mm – 400mm

Tree Swallows By Jim Davis (taken from the Internet)
The Tree Swallow breeds from Alaska to Labrador, excluding the Arctic Islands, and in the northern half of the United States. It is found throughout Alberta.

They are a short distance migrant, wintering in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and from Baja California to Central America. During this time they congregate in large numbers roosting by the thousands in marshes and in stands of trees. The Tree Swallow is similar to the Violet-green, but lacks the white patch over and behind the eye. The preferred habitat is mature woodland with nesting cavities, adjacent to water.

The diet is primarily flying insects, with lesser berries. This adaptation of using berries, allows it to migrate earlier and further north than any other American swallow.

The nest cavity is lined with grasses, pine needles, and a large variety of feathers, usually from waterfowl. In the urban setting they commonly use nest boxes. Approximately five days before the young fledge the parents become territorially aggressive, their safe zone expanding from about two metres to ten metres, and are known to dive-bomb helpless gardeners until about a week after the young fledge. The female may return to the same nest for up to five years where she lays 2-8 white eggs, incubating them for 13-16 days. The pair tend to the young which fledge in 16-24 days. One or rarely two broods are produced.

I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 3 years ago

    Oh, what a sweet capture Leslie. Beautiful colors too, on the bird’s head and the tree bark. Superb details too.

  • Teresa, thank you so much for dropping in. I appreciate your kind comments on the photo for sure. This little swallow really is quite a sweetheart so it made the capture special all the way around. See you in Canmore. Hugs :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

    well now I’m smiling sis! What a cutie you have here. Look at the fine clarity right where you wanted it, on the little bird.
    A fave for me!

  • Thank you so much for your lovely words Sis. Music to my ears.Isn’t she something? She was watching everything I was doing and singing in between.Your fave means a lot. >:)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    This is great Leslie. I don’t know if Aussie birds move in to bird houses???? A fav Mate.

  • Many thanks Al for your comment and the fave !! You could always put a couple up and see what happens eh. They all have to nest somewheres. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 3 years ago

    this is so precious, wonderful capture !

  • elfie my friend thank you for your so kind comment and the Fave. I really appreciate them. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

    Super fantastic work!!!
    ~Deb, your host
    June 14, 2011

  • Deborah , Oh Wow! this is just such a thrill to be Featured in Gems Group !!! So many gorgeous photos by so many talented artists…… Again Thank You So Much !!! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, lovely work.

  • Andrea . Thank you so very much for your words and comments. I truly appreciate them. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Very nice capture Leslie

  • Larry , Thank you for accepting Home Sweet Home into the Group. I so appreciate your comment and Fave my friend. They are so appreciated. I just love this banner Larry. It’s gorgeous! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 3 years ago

    Awwh how gorgeous! :)

    Gabe :)

  • Gabe thank you so much, I sure appreciate your words and Fave. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 3 years ago

    June 18th, 2011
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  • Mary, Wow! I;m thrilled to have received this feature in this Wonderful Group!
    Thank you so very much. I will be looking forward to entering the various Challenges as well. Again Thank you. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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    trish725over 3 years ago

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