Tree Full of Swallows: April 2021

There are five species of swallow found in eastern North America. All five can be found in the Toronto area in spring and summer.

This morning at Humber Bay I came across a single tree which had about 100 perched swallows.

Swallows
Swallows
Swallows

There were Tree Swallows,

Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallows
Tree Swallow

Barn Swallows

Tree Swallows with Barn Swallows
Tree Swallows with Barn Swallow
Tree Swallows with Barn Swallow

and Rough-winged Swallows.

Rough-winged Swallows

Many Tree Swallow nesting boxes have been added here this year:

Tree Swallows
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallows
Tree Swallows

Several birds were gathering nesting material:

American Robin
Common Grackle
Song Sparrow

Red-necked Grebes have already made nests on the man-made platforms:

Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebes

and fish are being found:

Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe

Other birds:

Canada Geese
Canada Goose
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Black-capped Chickadee
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Brown-headed Cowbird (female)
Common Grackle
Long-tailed Duck (male) in breeding plumage
Long-tailed Duck (male) in breeding plumage
Long-tailed Duck (male) in breeding plumage
American Robin
European Starling
European Starling
Mute Swan
Ring-billed Gulls (juvenile)
Ring-billed Gulls (juvenile)
Ring-billed Gulls (juvenile)
Double-crested Cormorants with Midges
House Sparrow (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

NATURE POETRY

Then, in God’s name, march:
True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings:
Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.
– Shakespeare

Miles Hearn

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