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Tree Swallows

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Tree Swallow

By: Pat Coate

Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s AllAboutBirds.com gives a good description of tree swallows and their typical behavior, which I have observed often:

“Handsome aerialists with deep-blue iridescent backs and clean white fronts, Tree Swallows are a familiar sight in summer fields and wetlands across northern North America. They chase after flying insects with acrobatic twists and turns, their steely blue-green feathers flashing in the sunlight.”

But recently I watched about twenty tree swallows repeatedly fly along a small stream and seemingly dip down to the water. I figured they were feeding on insects, but this next photo made me wonder if they might instead be getting a drink.

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Looks like this one was touching the water with its tongue. A bit more of a close-up look:

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A challenge to get a picture without too much blur.

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One response

  1. Good timing….we live on a river in Michigan & observed a group of tree swallows doing the doing the same as you described & thought they were after bugs – your photos are wonderflul! Amazing you were able to get a photo that close & clear…great talent! It does look like they are getting a drink. Thanks for sharing.

    2 May 2013 at 8:23 pm

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