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May 16, 2010

Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) build their nests out of small balls of mud held together with spit and fibrous matter. To gather nesting materials, they search out mud puddles.

Barn Swallows at mud

Barn Swallows at mud

The epitome of grace in flight, on the ground they are almost clownish, shuffling short distances on their stubby little legs.

Barn Swallows at mud

Barn Swallows

Both the male and female build the nest, which will, eventually, hold some 4-5 tiny speckled brown and white eggs.

Originally nesting in caves and similar situations, the Barn Swallow is one species that has most decidedly benefitted from a proximity to man. As the name implies, they are fond of nesting in farm buildings, as well as just about any other location with a roof and a nice vertical surface for the nest.

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