Perched in a row on a barn door, they were five minds with a single thought. And that thought was food.
As the mother swallow swooped towards her chicks, clutching an insect in her beak, she had a tricky choice to make.
All her little darlings were staking fierce claim to the treat, flapping their wings and chirping with equal urgency.
This time the mother, who nests every year at the same spot near Sudbury, Suffolk, decided on the middle beak.
Whether the lucky recipient complained just a little louder than its siblings is not clear.
But hopefully for them, it wouldn't be long before mummy was back with another instalment.
Swallows live in Britain during the summer and usually migrate to Africa around September or October.
These chicks, approximately six to eight weeks old, will need all the energy they can get to complete the 3,000-mile flight without mishap.