Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
City View Park, Burlington, ON
23 June 2013

    There were many Tree Swallows with recently fledged young swooping over the meadows and catching the rich supply of aerial insects. Many of the young would simply perch in a tree or on a fence row and wait for the adults to deliver food. It is quite amazing to watch the skill of the adults as they zoom in and deliver an insect to their offspring barely slowing down in the process. Based on my observation these young birds will be well provisioned for their first migration to be undertaken in a couple of months.

                             Adult and young on a fence



  1. It has been interesting reading your "series" on young birds.

  2. Swallows remind us of the temporal aspect of migration. How sad to think that they will be leaving us shortly!