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HELP! Barn Swallows and nesting

10 years ago

In the spring, a pair of swallows had a family of 6 and they all survived. When the parents returned, they built up the nest again, laid another clutch and were incubating them, and the blasted house sparrows moved in on it and chased them off. Lately I've been seeing the swallows coming around the nest again and I don't know if I should tear the old nest down or just leave it alone. The swallows will not land on it (as far as I've seen) but do perch briefly on the chimes next to it, then leave again. Are the old eggs still in that nest, and should I tear it down to allow them to rebuild?

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