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Tree swallow II

Tree swallow II
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Copyright: Jean Yves Bissonnette (JYB) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 84] (916)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, RAW @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-31 20:40
Viewed: 3433
Points: 14
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A common swallow of marshes and open fields, the Tree Swallow is a ready inhabitant of nest boxes.

Cool Facts

Go here to take a look at what goes on inside a Tree Swallow nestbox, through the help of a Nest Box Cam provided by The Birdhouse Network at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Outside of the breeding season the Tree Swallow congregates into enormous flocks and night roosts, sometimes numbering in the hundreds of thousands. They gather about an hour before sunset at a roost site, forming a dense cloud. They swirl around like a living tornado and as darkness approaches they then wheel low over the cattail marsh or grove of small trees. Large numbers drop down into the roost with each pass of the flock until the flock disappears.

The Tree Swallow uses many feathers from other birds in its nest. The feathers help keep the nestlings warm so they can grow faster. They help keep levels of ectoparasites, like mites, low too.

The Tree Swallow winters farther north than any other American swallow, and it returns to its nesting grounds long before other swallows come back. Its ability to use plant foods helps it survive periods of bad weather.

topSize: 12-15 cm (5-6 in)
Wingspan: 30-35 cm (12-14 in)
Weight: 16-25 g (0.56-0.88 ounces)

Small slender songbird.
White underneath and shiny blue-green on top.
Small bill.
Long wings.

Tail notched and of medium length.
Face dark, throat white.

Sex Differences
Adults similar in appearance; yearling female and juveniles brown.

Yearling female brown on back with faint greenish sheen and some iridescent greenish blue feathers. Underparts white, sometimes with faint brown band across breast.

Juvenile sooty gray on back, without trace of blue. Underparts dull white. Dirty brown band across chest.

Similar Species

Violet-Green Swallow similar, but with emerald-green back, white cheeks extending above the eye, and white sides of the rump.
Bank Swallow with distinct brown band across chest, not the dirty wash of a juvenile Tree Swallow.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow always with brown throat.

Song a series of repeated whistles and twitters.

Summer Range
Breeds from Alaska to Labrador, southward to southern California, New Mexico, northern South Dakota, northern Georgia, and Virginia.

Winter Range
Winters from southern California, South Carolina, Florida, and the Gulf Coast southward to Panama.

Open areas near water and fields, especially wooded swamps and shorelines.

Flying insects and some berries.

Catches insects in flight.

Nest Type
Nest an open cup of grass or pine needles placed in tree cavity or nest box. Lined with feathers, usually of waterfowl.

Egg Description

Clutch Size
2-8 eggs.
Condition at Hatching
Helpless with sparse down.

Conservation Status
Increasing slightly across most of range.

Other Names
Hirondelle bicolore (French)
Golondrina invernal (Spanish)

Source : http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Tree_Swallow.html

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Amazing sharpness,colors,and positioning Jean.

Hi Jean Yves

Brilliant capture of this tree swallow with nesting material, a true work of art.
Excellent composition
Excellent sharpness
Excellent DOF and POV
Great background


Hello Jean Yves,
I like it a lot. Well composed. Beautiful and natyral colors.
Excellent depth of field and point of view...

Salut Jean Yves,
Très belle photo. La composition, le point de vu, le détail du plumage sont parfait. Peut-être juste un léger "shadow recovery" sur l'oiseau pour bien voir la queue et le contour de l'œil.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-08-01 14:53]

Bonjour Jean-Yves
Quel bell image .Excelelnte composition avec un bon PDV.L'image est bien en focus avec d'excellent détail du plumage.Belle pause.
Merci Michel

How sweet! To see a tree perched swallow. You fellas in NA have strange birds although similar to our species. Very very nice capture with the feather, TFS

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2008-08-03 10:48]

Bonjour Jean-yves.
Quelle magnifique photo! Intréressant de voir un hirondelle utiliser le nid d'un pic...pourquoi pas :)
Excellente netteté et prise de vue.

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