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Tree swallow (adult male)

Tachycineta bicolor

Description:

This swallow averages 5 inches long and weighs about 20 g. The bill is tiny. The adult Tree Swallow has iridescent blue-green upperparts, white underparts, and a very slightly forked tail. The female usually has duller colours 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 gray breast band. Being highly social outside of the breeding season, tree swallows may form flocks of several thousand birds near roost sites.

Habitat:

Meadow.

Notes:

This guy spent about ten minutes checking out one of our as yet unoccupied bluebird boxes & seemed to be calling for his mate. Hopefully we will have some new tenants soon!

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27 Comments (1–25)

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thanks Ismael!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 7 years ago

Lovely photos

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Ashish, it always makes me smile too!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thank you for your kind comments Tanya & Ashish!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

First shot is unexpected and memorable so make me smile everytime I see this spotting... =)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Wonderful.....
What a pose you got Karen.. Nice timing... !!

TanyaGuiler
TanyaGuiler 7 years ago

Great first shot, love the series. Beautiful!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thanks Mary! I took a couple of dozen shots of him singing his heart out but this was the only one where I managed to catch him with his bill open - thank goodness for digital!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thank you Luc & Atul!

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 7 years ago

Wonderful series, and perfect timing on the first photo!

Atul
Atul 7 years ago

beautiful!

LucBertrand
LucBertrand 7 years ago

Congratulation !!!!! Magnifique photos waw ! exact moment and very detailed !

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thank you Christy & Seema!

Seema
Seema 7 years ago

Loved the picture..
Poor bird shouting so hard, even its mouth blood vessels are prominent

ChristyHolland
ChristyHolland 7 years ago

Beautiful photos Karen! Sometimes thee birds actually do what you want them to do! ;-)

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thank you misako!

misako
misako 7 years ago

beautiful bird!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Janson & Antonio, thank you both for your kind comments! I always seem to struggle to get good shots of birds, but this guy was a gift - he landed about 15 feet from where I was standing & stayed put for about 10 minutes seemingly unconcerned about my presence! I'm hoping he will have a word with the pesky kestrel that I can never manage to snap! :)

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 7 years ago

PERFECT,you let me with no words to discribe it,spotting of the day:)
congrats Karen

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thanks Lorelei! I love these guys - they follow me around catching all the bugs I stir up when I'm cutting the grass with the tractor but this is the first time I've been able to get photos of one perching!

Great series Karen! Such a beautiful bird.

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thank you Carol & Scott!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Stellar photos, Karen!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 7 years ago

All of the photos are so clear and crisp and beautiful!

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Gracias harsuame!

KarenL
Spotted by
KarenL

Franklin, Tennessee, USA

Lat: 35.90, Long: -86.89

Spotted on Apr 4, 2012
Submitted on Apr 4, 2012

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