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The two tourists with a big golf umbrella ahead of us must have knocked 2 of the little chicks out of the mud nest on the cross beam of the low-hung ceiling (there were 3-4 unhatched eggs in the nest, so we suspect that these were newly hatched.). Unfortunately one of the chicks had also been stepped on, so there was no saving it, but the remaining chick we were able to put back in its nest. Mom happily returned after we left the building.
You can find the adaptable Barn Swallow feeding in open habitats from fields, parks, and roadway edges to marshes, meadows, ponds, and coastal waters. Their nests are often easy to spot under the eaves or inside of sheds, barns, bridges and other structures.
This nest and the fallen chicks were found inside the Dan Lawson House at Cades Cove.