1st of two pics of a Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow guards nest box

While walking the Riverwalk this morning, I spotted this male (?) Tree Swallow that appeared to be guarding one of the nest boxes recently put up along the Riverwalk. I was surprised how close I was able to get to the bird, within 15 feet or so. Got these two nice pictures.

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observingnature says ... on Saturday, Apr 30 at 8:13 PM

They are beautiful birds. My mom used to have a bird house that swallows would use every year... Had it hung up under their deck. That was close! the didn't seem to mind.

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garrysphoto says ... on Sunday, May 1 at 5:41 AM

Nice Pics , Its a Blue Barn Swallow, The Male and Femail look alot alike,Its the shape of their heads that tells them apart, The Femail has a smaller Rounder head...

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falconest174 says ... on Sunday, May 1 at 10:33 PM

According to Cornell Ornithology Center it is a Tree Swallow. My photo matches the photo they have on their web site. Barn swallows have a deeply forked tail and orangish color on the throat.

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garrysphoto says ... on Tuesday, May 3 at 2:03 AM

Yep, Your Right ,Tree Swallows, I had them mixed up ?...should have know better, I started sharing info on the Lab, last year and have been watching birds for only 2 years so Im a Rookie still.

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