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photoblog image Bank Swallows at Wood Islands

Bank Swallows at Wood Islands

I checked out some bank swallows I have been studying for years. Though many nests were lost through recent erosion, the swallows have build many new nests and the population here is very healthy.

 

photoblog image 20160621 125res.jpg

Bank Swallows at Wood Islands

I checked out some bank swallows I have been studying for years. Though many nests were lost through recent erosion, the swallows have build many new nests and the population here is very healthy.

 

photoblog image 20160621 125res.jpg

comments (11)

  • Ray
  • United States
  • 26 Jun 2016, 02:11
"Rats! Bloddy sand in the eyes!"
Mary MacADNski: The hazards of the beach here are not nearly as dire as in your former home.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 26 Jun 2016, 02:43
Très jolie composition pour ces deux photos.
Mary MacADNski: Merci, Martine.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 26 Jun 2016, 06:23
They won't let a little thing like erosion bother them
Mary MacADNski: A year ago there were less nests.
Good that they are clearly resilient birds Mary
Mary MacADNski: They have rebounded very well. All swallows are very imp birds.
They are such fine birds to watch in flight
Mary MacADNski: All three swallow species fly with that swooping movement that helps shovel the mosquitoes into their waiting mouths.
Bank swallows are hard workers Mary!
Mary MacADNski: They certainly are and they work for us.
I guess having made a nest it can be here today and gone tomorrow in that soft soil.
Mary MacADNski: Last year there were much fewer nests after a bank collapse but they worked hard to make new nests this year.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 26 Jun 2016, 13:29
What for a beautiful coast with the red rocks and the swallow (s)- your information is interesting.
Mary MacADNski: All species of swallows are a treasure to have nearby. Their diet consists primarily of mosquitoes.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Jun 2016, 21:50
It's a case of adapt and survive. A good capture of one in flight.

Who's your friend?
Mary MacADNski: My friend was an old room mate who was here on vacation. She is a beach girl so we spent lots of time on the beaches.
Nice photo's! It must be wonderful to follow this colony! My Mom has some barn swallows who've made a nest on her balcony... she gives me day by day action of what's happening with / in the nest!
Mary MacADNski: I had barn swallows but one of the cats got one of the pair. A huge disappointment for me as they had just returned last year after about a 9-10 year absence.
Glad to see the birds are holding on...
Mary MacADNski: I am really pleased as the year the erosion had happened the numbers were down.

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