Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mouths To Feed




Tree swallows breed in North America and then migrate south to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America for the winter. These bug and fruit eaters make their nests of multiple layers of twigs and grasses, with a top layer of other birds' feathers.

We've gotten in the habit of collecting the lint from our dryer in brown lunch bags. One the bag is full, we scatter the lint in the field next door for the birds to collect for their nests. They swoop down and tear it apart with their beaks to find just the right consistency.

Thanks to local nature photographer Chris Mayne for the pictures of the tree swallow family.

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