Natural nest site for Welcome Swallow

Subject: Natural nest site for Welcome Swallow
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Thu, 05 Dec 2002 15:08:26 +1000

A while ago there was some discussion in the group on the use
of natural breeding sites by Welcome Swallows.

Last weekend (1 Dec) we were at a property called "Brooklyn" out of
Urbanville/Woodenbong in northern NSW.

At a site called "Skull Cave" (yes there is a cow's skull in the cave!), we
found a recent swallow's nest attached to the side wall of the cave.  The cave
itself was in sandstone, about 4-5m wide, 3-4m deep and 2m high at the outer
No bird was seen at the nest, which was empty.  I assume the builder was a
Welcome Swallow, this was the only species seen that weekend and the nest
was cup-shaped without any spout.

Peter & Leith Woodall

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