Cliff Swallows


Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, there is a walking bridge across the James River. The cliff swallows have taken residence in the tall concrete columns. Attaching their mud nests to the ceiling, they lay their eggs and hatch out their young as people come and go below.

Red mud nests hold young
Voracious appetites keep
Cliff Swallows feeding


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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Frank Tassone’s Haikai challenge for today is to include the SwallowWe saw these amazing birds feeding as we walked across the James River one Mother’s Day. Somehow it seemed appropriate to be watching mother feeding their babies high overhead.

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If you are over sixty, you might remember Pat Boone’s song: “When the swallows come back to Capistrano…” !

26 thoughts on “Cliff Swallows

  1. Wonderful pictures and subject Dwight. I am so taken with the covered bridges of all sorts you seem to have in Carolina and this time comes the addition of the sweetest swallo nests.
    I love swallows as they arrive in spring.


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  2. Such a beautiful post! Your photos are wonderful.

    I love that part of Virginia. The bridge in your photo looks like it would be a great place to explore!

    And those Swallows are precious. Very interesting to watch. Loved how you presented all of it. ❤

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