Even though it is nearly the end of May mornings can still be quite chilly here in northern Utah and that was the case five mornings ago at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge where I saw a low of 40°F as I drove out to the auto tour loop. I don’t mind it so much because I know that as the sun rises so does the temperature and I can still be nice and toasty in the front seat of my Jeep even with the window down while scouting for birds when I have the heat turned on until it warms up.
When I arrived at the parking area where the auto tour loop begins at the refuge I spotted a fluffed up curbside Barn Swallow warming up in the sunlight and couldn’t resist photographing it. Even though the swallow was on a man made perch I liked the fluffy feathers, the light in the bird’s eye and the great view of its tiny little feet.
A few Barn Swallow Facts:
- Barn Swallows feed while in flight and consume flies, beetles, ants, butterflies, midges, mosquitoes, wasps and bees.
- Barn Swallows prefer habitats that include open areas near lakes, ponds, marshes, beaches near coasts, fields, parks and meadows.
- Barn Swallows lay 4 to 7 eggs which take 13 to 17 days to hatch. Both sexes incubate and they are monogamous, colonial nesters.
- A group of swallows is called a “kettle” of swallows.
Life is good.