Swallow Chatter

New birds are arriving every day from the south. 

In the past week I’ve seen three kinds of swallows (tree, barn, and northern rough-winged), plus blue-gray gnatcatchers, ruby-crowned kinglets, a yellow warbler, a common yellowthroat and many chipping sparrows.

I enjoy watching the swallows but they’re hard to identify because they move so fast.  Sometimes I have to identify them by voice.  The northern rough-wings make a spitting sound.  The tree swallows make a chatter all their own.

Bobby Greene captured these two tree swallows having a conversation. 

Or was it an argument?

(photo by Robert Greene)

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