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Tree swallow (adult male)

Tachycineta bicolor


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.




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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26 Comments (1–25)

KarenL 9 years ago

Thanks Ismael!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 9 years ago

Lovely photos

KarenL 9 years ago

Ashish, it always makes me smile too!

KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you for your kind comments Tanya & Ashish!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

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

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

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

TanyaGuiler 9 years ago

Great first shot, love the series. Beautiful!

KarenL 9 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 9 years ago

Thank you Luc & Atul!

MaryEvans2 9 years ago

Wonderful series, and perfect timing on the first photo!

Atul 9 years ago


LucBertrand 9 years ago

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

KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you Christy & Seema!

Seema 9 years ago

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

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

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

KarenL 9 years ago

Thank you misako!

misako 9 years ago

beautiful bird!

KarenL 9 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 9 years ago

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

KarenL 9 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 9 years ago

Thank you Carol & Scott!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

Stellar photos, Karen!

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

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

KarenL 9 years ago

Gracias harsuame!

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Franklin, Tennessee, USA

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


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