22 May 2011

Tree Swallows

Binocular views of swallows are often less than satisfactory, as they quickly maneuver through the sky making rapid movements and sharp turns. That's why I was thrilled to get these shots of one of our more common species of swallow, Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor).

The bird in the photograph above is an adult male; the one below is a drab adult female. Some female Tree Swallows have more blue pigmentation in their feathers and thus more closely resemble the male.

I remember when I used to mow softball fields at Painesville Township Park in northeast Ohio, before I knew anything at all about birds, and the swallows (Tree Swallows and Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica), as far as I can recall) would dive-bomb me the entire time. It wasn't until a few years later when I realized that they weren't at all dive-bombing me, but instead they were feeding on the insects that I was kicking up with the mower.


cheryl said...

Beautiful photo of a Tree Swallow, one of my (many) favorite birds!

Scott Namestnik said...

Thanks Cheryl.

Joanna said...

I have a pair of these living in a bird house on my property. The male likes to sit in the tree while the famale gathers supplies. It's quite interesting watching!

Scott Namestnik said...

I agree, Joanna, they are fun birds to watch!