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Swallow babies and the heat wave in Eugene/Springfield

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Old Saturday 4th July 2015, 03:09   #1
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Swallow babies and the heat wave in Eugene/Springfield

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We had a medium sized bird nest sitting on our deck for a while trying to figure out where to hang it. Over our vacation we were surprised to come back to a few new residents.
Totally unexpected because prior to the vacation, that area had a lot of human activity (plus our vacation was only a week long.)

Once I noticed the nest, I figured it was too late to move it. I'm glad I didn't because two days later I hear many baby chirps!

My concern however, is where it is located gets the full sun blasting on it from about 1:00 to roughly 8:00. We've noticed (we think anyway,) due to the heatwave the babies are sticking their heads out.

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Are they going to survive the heat?
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Old Saturday 4th July 2015, 06:54   #2
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What kind of swallow, Tree? But regardless, the eggs and babies have survived the heat thus far and there's no reason why they shouldn't continue to do so. The young of hole nesting birds--once they're old enough to clamber up to it--often wait at the entrance of the nest so as to have first crack at food brought by the parents.

You could always rig up some kind of awning, of course.
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Old Saturday 4th July 2015, 18:00   #3
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You know I'm not sure. I was doing a little research and I think they are either Barn or Tree. The adults have green backs and heads with white chests.

The eggs hatched a day or two before the 90's hit. =(

we were thinking of the awning idea too, but haven't a clue how to rig one. we have a giant piece of cardboard, but really no way to attach it in a way that wont disturb them.
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If they have green backs, they'll be Violet-green Swallows. Hope your nest continues to flourish. Be sure to let us know how how things work out.
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Old Monday 6th July 2015, 04:50   #5
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Here are a few (a bit grainy, but) cool shots I got. The first one was lucky to get both of them in the same frame. Can't really tell their color from the pictures, but definitely darkish green.

I managed to hit record just as one of the parents came in for a landing.
https://youtu.be/XdhE_xTAY70

I would love to set up a few ledges along our large garage in the hopes more will nest. I love watching them fly.
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