Five Swallow Night, 05/11/17

~A Bank Swallow cruises over the water of the pond in front of the viewing platform at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge’s Liberty Marsh, 05/12/17.~

On Thursday evening, I met up with Rob Stone and Maria Loukeris at the Liberty Loop Trail viewing platform and we had five species of swallows feeding over the marsh: Tree, Barn, Northern Rough-winged, Bank, and Cliff. It was a learning experience for me, and I think I now have a pretty decent handle on identifying these erratic and fast flying birds. The highlight for me was getting incredible scope views of a perched Cliff Swallow, sitting among some Barn Swallows. I went back on Friday evening and tried for some flight photos. I had all the same swallows except for Cliff Swallow.

~Barn Swallow in flight over the mirk of the marsh. Wallkill River NWR, 05/12/17.~
~Three Barn Swallows above a single Cliff Swallow, Wallkill River NWR 05/11/17.~
~Bank Swallow in flight, Wallkill River NWR 05/12/17.~ 

2 thoughts on “Five Swallow Night, 05/11/17”

    1. Thanks Dave, I was just happy to finally get a little bit of a handle on these birds – they can be tough! Matt

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