Vol. 14 No. 2
"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them." - John Ruskin
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Tree Swallow (tachycineta bicolor)
Size: 5-6" (13-15 cm)
Blue green in the spring and greener in fall. Appears to change color
in direct sunlight. A white belly, a notched tail and pointed wing tips
Nest: cavity; female and male line former woodpecker cavity or nest box; 1 brood per year
Eggs: 4-6; white without markings
Incubation: 13-16 days; female incubates
Fledgling: 20-24 days; female and male feed young
Migration: complete; to Mexico and Central America
Compare: Similar color as Purple Martin, but smaller with a white breast and belly The Barn Swallow has a rust belly, and deeply forked tail.
Notes: The first swallow species to return each spring. Most
common along ponds, lakes and agricultural fields. Is attracted to your
yard with nesting boxes. Travels great distances to find dropped feathers
to line its grass nest. Sometimes seen playing, chasing after dropped
feathers. Often seen flying back and forth across fields, feeding on insects.
Gathers in large flocks to migrate.