Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tree Swallow

Last week, Erika and I were walking through the forest edge of the Carleton Arboretum when I heard musical chirping above us.  I looked up to see a first-year Tree Swallow looking down at us. At first I thought it was a Bank Swallow.  The breast band, however, is pale and lacks a downward running point. Thanks to Matt for pointing out my error.

2 comments:

  1. Dan, are you sure the bird in the pic isn't a juvenile Tree Swallow? That breast band is pretty faint, and it lacks the central spike found on most (adult) Bank Swallows. I'm not sure from this one pic, but I think ID of juvenile Tree vs. Bank Swallows (especially juveniles) is underappreciated.

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  2. It was better Tree Swallow habitat, but the breast band was more evident in life than at the angle of the photograph.

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