Tree Swallows…

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Cool Facts

  • Migrating and wintering Tree Swallows can form enormous flocks numbering in the hundreds of thousands. They gather about an hour before sunset and form a dense cloud above a roost site (such as a cattail marsh or grove of small trees), swirling around like a living tornado. With each pass, more birds drop down until they are all settled on the roost.
  • Tree Swallows winter farther north than any other American swallows and return to their nesting grounds long before other swallows come back. They can eat plant foods as well as their normal insect prey, which helps them survive the cold snaps and wintry weather of early spring.
  • The Tree Swallow—which is most often seen in open, treeless areas—gets its name from its habit of nesting in tree cavities. They also take readily to nest boxes.
  • Tree Swallows have helped researchers make major advances in several branches of ecology, and they are among the best-studied bird species in North America. Still, we know little about their lives during migration and winter.
  • The oldest Tree Swallow on record was at least 12 years, 1 month old when it was captured and released by an Ontario bird bander in 1998
  • Please visit here to learn more…

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10 comments on “Tree Swallows…

  1. Eileen says:

    I Love the pretty swallows, they are gorgeous with the sun shining on them.. Lovely series of photos. Have a happy day!

  2. TexWisGirl says:

    so sleek and beautiful!

  3. Pat says:

    Beautiful birds.

  4. jeanie henderson says:

    I love the beautiful tuxedo they wear! but oh did they ever attack our bluebirds and take over their houses 😦 many didn’t survive.

  5. Dawn says:

    Very pretty birds, and great shots.

  6. Margaret says:

    beautiful birds and thanks for the information.

  7. Absolutely stunning!!! Loved the :”Cool Facts”. I’ve yet to see these beauties in real time…hopefully someday I’ll be lucky like you.
    Wonderful post, and thanks for linking up at the Bird D’Pot this week.

  8. Marie says:

    They are such stunningly beautiful birds, and I appreciate your info!

  9. Chris Rohrer says:

    Plus their electric blue coloring is awesome!

  10. dianaed2013 says:

    I love bogging it is so informative and great illustrations

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