Barn swallows nest in colonies under the boardwalks along the millpond trail in Brighton. When the young begin to test their newly developed wings on short flights, they perch on nearby wires and branches. Mom still feeds them during this period maybe as a reward for their efforts.
The kids begin to screech for food with wide open mouths and fluttering wings when mom approaches their perch. Hovering in front of the babes, she drops a freshly caught bug into the beak of her choice (top) and flies off to catch another protein-packed insect in midair so she can do it again in another minute or so. She’ll return time and again until she takes a break to rest beside her growing (hence insatiable) brood (right).
There’s still time to watch the action. The swallows are in the final stages of their nesting season now. Look for 1-4 fledglings sitting on perches along the trail and wait a few minutes. Mom will soon arrive with the bug du jour.