i doubt the male will keep any alive, i think the female was sitting in the nest because the babbies still needed to be heated, the male can not hunt and heat at the same time, could you divide the birds amoung your other tree swallow nests?
---- Lee Allaben - Century21 Advantage <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I just caught a house sparrow kill a mother tree swallow in her nest box that has 5 young in it. I saw the sparrow go in the box to kill the young so I ran out, put my hand over the hole, opened the side and grabbed the male sparrow. Needless to say he is gone from this world. Now the male is sitting on the box but I see no feeding going on. What if anything should I do? The young are about a week old. Will the male raise them?
> Lee Allaben
> So. Burlington, Vt.