flight test (“birdies in the hedgehog” part 2)
A little over a week after our arrival,
the baby swallows began to get more curious of our existence.
They would poke their heads out of their nest to look at us,
and we became curious about them, too.
A few days later, as we approached the ruin in the early morning,
we could hear that there was a fluster of activity inside,
and upon entering, three swallows swooped out.
“Three?” we wondered. Usually there were only two parents inside the ruin.
“One of the babies?” maybe.
About an hour later, a(nother) baby swallow flopped out of the nest,
ungraciously and without warning, and looked puzzled on carpet.
Upon approaching, it flapped and flew upwards, landing on a backpack on the shelf.
I was excited to get a closer look, and take photos and video footage.
It might’ve felt a little camera shy,
so fluttered over and landed atop a cereal box on an upper shelf.
After some videos were taken,
I took the box outside where its parents circled and encouraged it to alight.
After our trip to the beach,
we returned to find the last baby swallow sitting on the carpet.
Nutella and Marmalade were here this time to add excitement to the flying lesson.
All in all, each birdie made it out of the nest successfully,
and still swoop around the ruin and even fly through occasionally.
Funny side note, once we had power
and began sorting through the footage to decide which ones to upload,
a swarm of swallows circled overhead,
one entering the abandoned hedgehog nest,
apparently alerted by the distress calls recorded on the video.