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Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Stelgidopteryx serripennis


This cute fledgling was still learning to fly. I had a lot of fun watching it hop from limb to limb. You can see Mom and Dad anxiously watching in pic 4. There were several of these and other species of swallows on this large fallen tree and nearby.


Spotted on a large fallen tree at the edge of a estuary - lagoon at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

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room-67034 3 years ago

Also so chubby

room-67034 3 years ago

So cute

Hema 3 years ago


Brian38 3 years ago

Ha ha - so true Mark! Thank you for your comments.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Nice series Brian. Probably a good time to fledge - so fluffy a crash won't hurt. ;)

Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you for the nomination and comments. Maria - I feel the same way. It's changed my view of them as well.

Maria dB
Maria dB 3 years ago

Very nice spotting! I always think of these swallows as small and sleek; seeing that fledgling looking like a puffed up Carolina wren has given me a new view of them.

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated Brian!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 3 years ago


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Washington, USA

Spotted on Apr 29, 2018
Submitted on May 3, 2018

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