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Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor

Description:

I believe this is a young Tree Swallow. There was a nearby nest box that was definitely inhabited by a Tree Swallow. There is color starting to form on the tail of this bird, but I'm sure it's a juvenile since it's still mostly grey and it wasn't flying away like it should...it just sort of moved over the closer I got to it.

Habitat:

Meyer Ranch Park, meadow area with nearby bird box

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5 Comments

MeganMiller
MeganMiller 8 years ago

I think it looks more thrush-like than swallow-like. I also believe this is a Mountain Bluebird. It has long legs (swallows have pretty short legs), and doesn't have such a defined "cap" as a tree swallow, even a young tree swallow would.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Adam,the blue that I see here is typical of swallows.

AdamBrown
AdamBrown 8 years ago

Mountain Bluebird could be the other possibility. It's either bluebird or tree swallow. The coloring could be either one right now. I didn't think of it being a fledgling and that's why it's not flying away too well. It seemed a little large for a fledgling.

williefromwi
williefromwi 8 years ago

bluebird? I am not good at fledgling id. It does have a fair amount of blue beginning to show.

AdamBrown
AdamBrown 8 years ago

It also doesn't look as white through the neck area as other tree swallows i've seen

AdamBrown
Spotted by
AdamBrown

Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jun 17, 2012
Submitted on Jun 18, 2012

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