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Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor

Description:

The Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), is a migratory passerine bird that breeds in North America and winters in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe. This swallow averages 13.5 cm (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. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_Swallo......

Habitat:

http://www.fws.gov/northeast/patuxent/

Notes:

The nesting boxes are quite close to the walking trails at Patuxent Research Refuge.

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7 Comments

Louisa
Louisa 8 years ago

Thank You Emilie!

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 8 years ago

Excellent shot, love it!

Louisa
Louisa 8 years ago

Outdoor Imagery,
I'm new to the DC metro area and I'm loving exploring it and yes I was amazed as well at how much wildlife is so close to the city. I'm from Yorktown and NN park used to be my old stomping grounds. Huntley Meadows Park is a wonderful small park jammed packed with wildlife.....you should check it out sometime. It is a bit depressing right now.....water levels are very low!

Louisa
Louisa 8 years ago

Thank you Ryan!

Louisa
Louisa 8 years ago

Outdoor Imagery,
Excellent! I joined the mission and will add the photos shortly. Thank you!

Ryan21
Ryan21 8 years ago

great photo and spotting!!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Lovely bird!

Louisa
Spotted by
Louisa

South Laurel, Maryland, USA

Spotted on May 12, 2012
Submitted on Jul 9, 2012

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