I had a really upsetting experience this evening. I walked into the horse’s stable just about to go and get them in for the night. When I noticed 4 dead baby swallows in the floor under the nest.
The nest hadn’t fallen and didn’t look damaged. I couldn’t see the parents. So very sad when the parents have been actively feeding the babies every night.
Does anyone know what could have caused this? So so sad.
Did a cat get in there? Or any other mammal? Do you have house sparrows nesting in and very near the stable?
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TeeJay said:A few years ago on Springwatch they featured an incident where a male Swallow tried to take over a nest and evicted all the chicks. It was quite upsetting to watch. I wonder whether that's what has happened here.
Well remembered Tony, I think you may have the answer and I think I've found the link to the Springwatch video clip …. https://youtu.be/NwrKt6rjGJM
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TeeJay said:Gosh Hazel, you did well to find that clip. It must have been longer ago than I remembered with dear old Bill Oddie in it.
Just call me Miss Marple LOL it certainly dates back quite a few years but it was archived well in your memory bank and well remembered.
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