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Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) discovered by Lynnette (#560)

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Observed: May 28, 2011 @ 4:00 PM
Posted on: May 28, 2011 @ 6:01 PM (diff: 0 days)
there were about 30 - 40 of these little birds fluttering over the area where the river flows into the Harbour.... they seemed to be feeding but rarely touched the water.... I haven't seen them before. Can't seem to find a description that matches them. The closest I can find are tree swallows, but is this normal behavior for them? I wouldn't have thought they would feed out of salt water. Can someone tell me if they are Tree Swallows?( sorry about the grainy photos... these little guys move fast and the weather was miserable today.

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By brendan kelly on 5/28/2011 7:07:30 PM

Yes this is a tree swallow. That behavior is very common,they were feeding on flys near the surface of the water.

By Lynnette on 5/28/2011 8:07:16 PM

Ah, Thank-you Brendan... That is exactly what I wanted to know... it really bugs me when I can't figure out these things, and none of my books described this kind of behaviour. At least I identified it as the right bird!

By NL Nature Support on 6/1/2011 3:16:14 PM

Thanks for your comments, I have reclassified as Tree Swallow

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