A pair of birds in central Texas

by Lani
(Copperas Cove, Texas, USA)

A pair of birds has begun building a nest on top of the ceiling fan base within our covered patio. The location is Central Texas, in the outskirts of Copperas Cove near Lampasas. It is a country like setting, as we are surrounded by rolling hills, ranches, and our subdivision is fairly small and very quiet. They often fly around seemingly chasing and harassing the bigger birds of prey and vultures that frequent this area. They appear to be a charcoal shade, with a rust colored neck, and a cream colored breast. They are very tiny, a they maneuver in flight exceptionally well. Their body shape reminds me of a little bitty hawk when they fly. They chirp, but not in a song like pattern. They do not seem bothered at all by our presence, or that of our two tiny chihuahua dogs, and most surprisingly they are not even concerned by our outdoor cat that watches them come and go. I am having difficulty identifying what type of bird they are. Please help! Thanks.

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Jun 06, 2014
Barn swallows NEW
by: Jane

I live in San Antonio, Texas & these are definitely barn swallows. Enjoy them because you will have them for many years. They make mud nests & raise several sets of babies over the summer & are back the next year. The ground will be very messy under the nest as the babies grow, but they are really cute when they start flying.

Apr 23, 2014
a pair of birds in central texas NEW
by: Brook

My first thought was Barn Swallow too but I don't have them around my home so I can't say for certain.

Apr 22, 2014
A pair of birds in central Texas NEW
by: Gwen

Look like our barn swallows. They live on insects & catch them in the air, very acrobatic. Our swallows are disappearing because our climate has changed which has changed the insect cycles of mosquitos & black flies. The baby birds starve in the nest 1/2 grown.
It makes me happy to know they are finding other places to survive. I live in Ontario, Canada.

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