Looking like a hoard of midges, there were 100’s of small birds high in the sky this morning at Ashbridge’s Bay.
The irregular and speedy flight pattern identified them as swallows. The smallish (4 – 5 inches) size indicated that they were Bank Swallows and the constant dry trilled, insect-like chitter or rattle confirmed it.
Most likely they come from a colony excavated into the nearby Scarborough Bluffs.
Bank Swallows are the first swallows to migrate south for the winter, primarily to South America.
For I have learned to look on nature, not as in the hour of thoughtless youth, but hearing oftentimes the still, sad music of humanity. – William Wordsworth