First, I’ve never seen a Barn Swallow. I thought she was absolutely beautiful. As you can see she has very distinct features. Look at the long, forked tail and the color around the head and beak. The top of the head was a bluish/black color. Around the beak and throat was an orange color. What really stood out to me was the glossy feathers. She was quite striking.
Furthermore, she had her baby with her. However, the baby disappeared when I opened the door to go inside to get the camera and phone. However, momma bird seemed pretty content right where she was. When I googled the features of a Barn Swallow, I learned some interesting facts. They like to build their nest under eaves. So, it seemed that her nest was somewhere nearby. Here are a few other interesting facts about the Barn Swallow:
- Barn Swallow migrate between South America and North America. No this is not a typo, they can travel 14,000 miles between winter and summer.
- They usually live around 8 years.
- The dine on insects. They feed mostly in flight since insects are a large portion of their diet. However, they will eat egg or oyster shells from a platform feeder.
- Nests are made of mud and grass. They are usually built on man made structures.
- Barn Swallows habitat across most of the country.
- They are very difficult to attract. They like to be near streams, ponds and other sources of flowing water. (My wet weather stream just happened to be running after 4 inches of rain and this may be the reason I was able to spot them).
Unbelievably, as I was writing this post I spotted a male Barn Swallow. It was a beautiful black and blue color as well, however, the orange color was more defined. The male was gathering mud from my stream bed. Again, Barn Swallows build their nest out of mud and grass. U v nfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me. I am glad that I was able to get an opportunity to see this beauty up close and person. Because it is rare to get this close to them.
Last, are you a bird watcher? What backyard birds are prevalent in your area?