The ponies might be spending a couple of weeks away but their stables are not unoccupied.
A couple of months ago a pair of wrens started trying to build on a failed swallows’ nest from last year – it kept falling down and had been abandoned. The wrens were more persistent and kept doing their best to build. Their efforts tended to fall down as well but that didn’t put them off and one evening we found them perched on an impossibly thin looking sliver of nest. Sadly that fell down too after a few nights and they were obviously never going to be able to lay any eggs on it so my Dad put up some little shelves for them. Almost overnight a proper nest had appeared and pretty soon the wrens were sitting on eggs.
Now we have chicks!
I have seen four and the parents are constantly flying in and out with food. It is lovely to see.
The swallows have also returned and are starting to build a nest on another shelf. They haven’t finished yet but they are definitely still around so we are hopeful that they will stay. They make wonderful house guests!