Thank you for the info, Jose. I hope you are right, and they will keep trying.
A birder replied privately and sent me two photos of a nestling (peeking from 
the burrow) and its parent (flying away with a fecal sac). Both were taken two 
days ago. This proved that there are grown nestlings in these nests.
I only hope that these swallows are able to save themselves and their 
I guess if they can dig their way in, they can dig their way out. Or is it 
wishful thinking on my part?

 ---- On Sat, 16 Jul 2022 15:30:59 -0400  Jose Ramirez-Garofalo 
<> wrote --- 
 > Gus,
 > Unfortunately, that is a common occurrence with Bank Swallow colonies on the 
 > coast. There is really no way to adequately protect the nests unless the 
 > land management agency fences off the top of the dune/bluff. Disturbance to 
 > the front of the colony site can also a problem at a site like Plumb—though 
 > less-so than actual nest collapse. Since they aren’t protected (not even as 
 > a Species of Special Concern despite their widespread declines in NYS/the 
 > northeast), it isn’t likely that targeted measures will be undertaken for 
 > the swallows there.
 > The good news is that they are adept at re-nesting, and will sometimes nest 
 > in drainpipes like Northern Rough-winged Swallows. We are pretty late in the 
 > season for them, but it isn’t out of the question. 
 > Cheers-
 > José
 > -- 
 > José R. Ramírez-Garofalo
 > Pronouns: He/Him/His
 > PhD Student
 > Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
 > Rutgers University 
 > 14 College Farm Road,
 > New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
 > From: Gus Keri <>
 > Date: Sat, Jul 16, 2022 at 12:52 PM
 > Subject: [nysbirds-l] Fwd: Bank Swallow nests at Plumb Beach
 > To: Birding alert, NYSBirds, Birding alert <>
 > Updates on these nests:
 > Today, the third nest was totally occluded and the fourth one is 
 > half-occluded, and I anticipate it to be gone by the end of the day.
 > The reason: people are camping on the top of the cliff exactly above the 
 > nesting wall.
 > It is very sad that the first ever Bank Swallow nesting in Brooklyn will not 
 > be successful this year and we won't have any new generation of this species 
 > here.
 > Gus Keri.
 > ============ Forwarded message ============
 > From: Gus Keri <>
 > To: "Birding alert,  NYSBirds,  Birding alert"<>
 > Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2022 20:35:40 -0400
 > Subject: Bank Swallow nests at Plumb Beach
 > ============ Forwarded message ============
 >  > As some of you know there are few nest holes in Plumb beach for Bank 
 > Swallow this season and this happened here for the first time ever, as far 
 > as I know.
 >  > For the last couple of weeks, there were total 4 holes in a small sandy 
 > wall that span some 10-15 feet high and 15-20 feet wide. I only saw the 
 > swallows go into three of these holes.
 >  > Today, I saw only two open holes while the other two were completely 
 > occluded with sand.
 >  > 
 >  > I remember at the beginning that two or three other holes closed 
 > completely with sand, but this was before they started nesting.
 >  > At that time, I thought they make few nests and then choose one or two of 
 > them to be used.
 >  > 
 >  > But this time the issue is different. I have seen a swallow go into one 
 > of the two closed nests few times which made the possibility of nesting bird 
 > inside very high. And this made me think; what if there was a female sitting 
 > on the eggs when the hole collapse! Can she make her way out? Are these 
 > holes connected to each other from the inside to provide an escape?
 >  >  
 >  > The sand in this wall seems to be soft and can collapse easily. This will 
 > put all the other nests at risk.
 >  > I have never seen Bank Swallow nests before, so, I have no knowledge of 
 > this trouble.
 >  > 
 >  > I thought some of you might have an answer.
 >  > 
 >  > Does sand collapse cause any harm to the nesting birds?
 >  > Is there anything can be done to protect the current nests?
 >  > 
 >  > Gus Keri
 >  > 
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