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Rough-winged Swallows and 4 Milkweeds: July 2022

Like Bank Swallows, Rough-winged Swallows have brown backs. Rough-wings however, have a “dirty chin” rather than the pure white throat of the Bank Swallow.

Rough-winged Swallow

I spent an hour or so this morning by the pond at Marie Curtis Park hoping to find the Green Heron which is sometimes here:

Green Heron

No luck with the heron, but I did find Rough-winged Swallows some of whom had chicks anxious to be fed:

Rough-winged Swallows
Rough-winged Swallows
Rough-winged Swallows
Rough-winged Swallows
Rough-winged Swallow
Rough-winged Swallows
Rough-winged Swallows
Rough-winged Swallow
Rough-winged Swallows
Rough-winged Swallow
Rough-winged Swallow
Rough-winged Swallows
Rough-winged Swallow

Other birds:

Turkey Vulture
Ring-billed Gull (juvenille)
Eastern Kingbird
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Common Tern
Mallards
Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Song Sparrow
Common Raven
Eastern Kingbird
Common Raven

I found 4 species of Milkweed here and all are very colourful:

Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Monarch on Poke Milkweed

MAILBOX

Thought you’d appreciate this scene:

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NATURE POETRY

Then flash the wings returning Summer calls
Through the deep arches of her forest halls,—
The bluebird, breathing from his azure plumes
The fragrance borrowed where the myrtle blooms.   – Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841–1935)

Miles Hearn