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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 11 years ago

Thanks Ismael!

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 11 years ago

Lovely photos

KarenL 11 years ago

Ashish, it always makes me smile too!

KarenL 11 years ago

Thank you for your kind comments Tanya & Ashish!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

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

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

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

TanyaGuiler 11 years ago

Great first shot, love the series. Beautiful!

KarenL 11 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 11 years ago

Thank you Luc & Atul!

MaryEvans2 11 years ago

Wonderful series, and perfect timing on the first photo!

Atul 11 years ago


LucBertrand 11 years ago

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

KarenL 11 years ago

Thank you Christy & Seema!

Seema 11 years ago

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

ChristyHolland 11 years ago

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

KarenL 11 years ago

Thank you misako!

misako 11 years ago

beautiful bird!

KarenL 11 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 11 years ago

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

KarenL 11 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!

East End aka Lorelei
East End aka Lorelei 11 years ago

Great series Karen! Such a beautiful bird.

KarenL 11 years ago

Thank you Carol & Scott!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 11 years ago

Stellar photos, Karen!

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

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

KarenL 11 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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