Tree Swallows at San Jacinto Wildlife Area (view enlarged)


San Bernardino, United States

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Please view enlarged to see all the birds. Canon D6.

It was fascinating to see the tree swallows. There were so many of them buzzing around the trees in the San Jacinto Wildlife Area here in Southern California.

Tree swallows nest in natural or artificial cavities near water and are often found in large flocks.

They subsist primarily on a diet of insects, sometimes supplemented with small quantities of fruit. They are excellent fliers and take off from their perch and acrobatically catch insects in their bills in mid-air. The tree swallow’s bill is tiny.

Being highly social outside of the breeding season, tree swallows may form flocks of several thousand birds near roost sites.Flocks near Vacherie, Louisiana, were estimated to contain well over 1 million birds during December 2009.

The tree swallow averages 13.5 cm (5.3 in) long and weighs about 20 g (0.71 oz). . The adult tree swallow has iridescent blue-green upperparts, white underparts, and a very slightly forked tail. The female usually has duller colors than the male, often more greenish than the more bluish male. The juvenile plumage is dull grey-brown above and may have hint of a grey breast band.


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