Uppy Update, 08/07/17

~One of 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS in the Black Dirt, 08/07/17.~

After work today, I went out in the rain and checked the Black Dirt for shorebirds. Right where I had a single Upland Sandpiper last Wednesday, today I located a pair of them. The big difference is that this time around the birds were pretty close to the road, AND I had my camera, so I was able to get some decent shots. I put the word out and Linda Scrima was able to join me.

We photographed the birds from our cars for a while, until I saw a white bird fly across one of the fields. I jumped out of my car and snapped some shots. It was a swallow of some sort; I am guessing leucistic rather than albino since there was hints of brown on the underside of the bird. It was flying with a single Barn Swallow, so I am guessing that it might be one as well. Any thoughts on the ID of this swallow, please comment.

~Uppy in the Black Dirt, 08/07/17.~ 
~A shot of both UPLAND SANDPIPERS together. Black Dirt, 08/07/17.~
~Unidentified swallow in the Black Dirt – possibly a Barn Swallow? ~
~Uni Swallow, Black Dirt 08/07/17.~
~One more of the uni swallow, blurry but showing the tail. Black Dirt 08/07/17.~ 

4 thoughts on “Uppy Update, 08/07/17”

  1. Not one, but two Uppies…how wonderful! Glad you had your camera with you this time. The leucistic swallow is beautiful, and must have been amazing to see. I would agree with your idea of it being a BARS, Matt, given the forked tail and the reddish brown cast to the throat. Love your photos!

    1. It was pretty great Kathy, to be able to get such good extended looks at those birds. Thanks for your thoughts on the swallow, glad you like the pics. Matt

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