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Snow-Swallows

tree swallows looking for food
Flying on Red House Lake (2007)

I observed a few hundred Tree Swallows flying over Red House Lake today with big snowflakes in the air!! Seeing this behavior reminded of the day in 2007 when I found a dozen birds cuddling together to keep warm. These birds just don’t do well in cold temperatures and my heart was broken after finding a few dozen of them dead in the bird boxes.  Lucky this weather isn’t proposed to last for as many days as in the 2007’s storm.

Waiting out the snow
Tree Swallows (2007)

We all love an early spring but they do hit some of our birds hard who arrive in the Western New York area earlier than normal. Example; it took a few years before Eastern Phoebe’s returned to the area again after the 2007 storm. Just last week I mentioned how wonderful it was seeing them back in the numbers that they use to be found at. Let’s just hope for normal temperatures to return before we have a repeat of 2007.

Staying Warm
Tree Swallows (2007)


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3 responses

  1. the lighting in these shots are great

    9 April 2010 at 8:08 pm

  2. That is sad news to hear. Cute photos though! I love the tree swallows.

    9 April 2010 at 8:31 pm

  3. Tree Swallows are another amazing species with incredible flying skills. They breed in my nest boxes every year and they are a joy to watch as they catch insects on the wing.

    I hope we don’t have a repeat of 2007 for your birds. I love the photo of them lined up on the branch.

    11 April 2010 at 9:15 pm

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