I say hopeful because I was really excited to see the return of the Tree Swallows to our yard. We have had them nesting for 5 years until last year when magpies tried to nest in our tree. We were removing sticks for nearly 2 months so they wouldn't nest here hoping that the swallows would return. Eventually they gave up but probably scared the swallows away.
This year has been completely different in the swallow's behavior. They flew around, came to the box with a few dried grasses and a single feather but did not stay inside very long. But what is most confusing is that we saw them mate but, previously, have never seen them mate until the nest was done. It seemed like this swallow just didn't know what to do! It is getting late now so I am not sure if we will be successful this year and will just have to wait and see. Taken in my back yard in Calgary, Alberta. Canon R5
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An update on the swallows that we were hoping would nest in our yard again. After being away for a few days, there was no more activity in the box that we have in our yard so it looks like this year will be unsuccessful. Their behavior seemed very different right from the beginning, so it looks like we will hope for next year.