Last week Draco Hill turned into a maternity ward.
We were lucky enough to have barn swallows nesting above our security light on the garage (well, lucky until someone has to clean that mess up!)
It seemed like only a week had gone by before their first flight. Here’s the fledglings resting on our solar panels.
Then walking through our riparian buffer we spotted these eggs. Given their proximity to two pairs of Eastern Kingbirds the Iowa City Bird Club spotted when they visited, we’re guessing that’s what these are.
And of course, the babies are so ugly they’re cute!
Providing an environment that contains fewer chemicals and more biodiversity than most land around here is our goal. We hope these birds and many others will find a safe place to nest and thrive at Draco Hill. It benefits us all.
We invite schools, nonprofits and anyone interested in what we’re doing (and learning) here to contact us about a visit.