Barn Swallows at Col. Sam Smith Park: May 26, 2022

During my career as a professional musician, I used to perform at a summer festival north of Toronto. In the daytime, we rehearsed in a barn and the concerts were given there at night. Each year, barn swallows plastered up nests in the rafters and flew in and out of the barn all through the daylight hours. In the evening, I presume that they were listening to the music.

There is a colony of Barn Swallows under the bridge at Col. Sam.

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow nest
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow

Other birds:

Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Northern Cardinal (female0
Ring-billed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Gray Catbird
female Mallard and ducklings
Tree Swallows
Common Tern
Cliff Swallow
Tree Swallows
European Starling chick
Cliff Swallow
Ring-billed Gull
Rough-winged Swallow
Ring-billed Gull
Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Ring-billed Gull
Tree Swallow
Song Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Common Grackle
American Robin
Tree Swallow

Today one of our walkers brought in an interesting book on birds. It happens to have been co-written by a fellow walker, Trudy Rising, and her husband.

Trudy and Jim Rising

Today’s group:

Trudy is on the left:

Article about Jim Rising:


James D. Rising, 1942–2018 | Ornithology | Oxford Academic (oup.com)

NATURE POETRY

A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage. – William Blake

Miles Hearn

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