1000’s of Swallows at Newly Re-opened Bluffs Park

The south western area of Bluffers Park had been closed for several years as the shoreline was being reinforced. I was delighted to see this morning that it is now open and there are many magnificent vistas to be seen.

A little fancy footwork or removing your shoes can get you easily to the western beach.

During my entire visit, I could hear and see a multitude of Bank Swallows overhead,

Bank Swallows
Bank Swallows

These birds nest in colonies all along the bluffs:

Bank Swallow colony

They pause in their insect-searching flights in one area and it is an amazing sight:

Bank Swallows
Bank Swallows
Bank Swallows
Bank Swallows
Bank Swallows
Bank Swallows
Bank Swallows

Other birds:

Great Blue Heron
Common Tern
Canada Geese
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Trumpeter Swan with newborn
Great Blue Heron
Common Tern
House Finch (male)
moulting male Mallard
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Belted Kingfisher (male)
American Robin
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Common Tern
juvenile Ring-billed Gull

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Thought this would be of interest to our bird-loving community. 😊

NATURE POETRY

Our seasons have no fixed returns,
Without our will they come and go;
At noon our sudden summer burns,
Ere sunset all is snow.                         – James Russell Lowell (1819–91)

Miles Hearn

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