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Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor


Dozens of Tree swallows descending on a Southern wax myrtle, their favorite winter berry. The fruit is an important food source for several bird species. Birds' digestive systems remove the wax from the fruit, a prerequisite for germination.


Spotted at the Johnson Beach National Seashore.They prefer open country near water, marshes, meadows, lakes. May breed in any kind of open or semi-open area that provides both nesting sites and a good supply of flying insects. Typically breeds close to water, as around ponds or marshes, but also nests away from water around meadows or brushy areas. In winter, mainly around marshes and near bayberry thickets along coast.

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Florida, USA

Lat: 30.30, Long: -87.41

Spotted on Jan 27, 2019
Submitted on Feb 4, 2019

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