The Backshore Bird Blog

Featured Bird Species: Tree Swallows

Featured Bird Species: Tree Swallows and other swallows Family Hirundinidae (Tachycineta bicolor) As we walk along the Backshore after a remnant rainstorm from Hurricane Laura, we notice more Tree Swallows than usual (300+ over the South shore and 100+ over Whaleback), flying along the shoreline, likely hunting for flying insects. They dart quickly one way, then another, seemingly at random. Throughout the summer the numbers of Tree Swallows on Peaks Island has been relatively small, perhaps 12-20 near Battery Steele. And now they are abundant. Why? As we look closer, we notice that some of these aerial acrobats are Barn Swallows, not only Tree Swallows. The two species are easily distingui

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