Friday, September 30, 2011


Identifriday- where we identify the wildlife we come across on our doorstep and on our travels and get into the habit of noticing and appreciating our local biodiversity!

Hirundo rustica - Barn Swallow
On the railings outside our house and around the fields you can see them gathering and grouping, almost like they're planning their journey home. Although we are entering into my favorite season it alway makes me a little sad to see them go. This is a chick, the last of the summer broods and an adult, the photo was taken a few weeks ago. They'll be off to South Africa over the next few weeks and according to this only 30% of the chicks will make it over there.
Have a safe journey you two...really hope we see you both next year.


  1. We never see them here in Wyoming!

  2. Oh, how I love swallows and also house martins. We see ours gathering on the electricity cables planning their trip. My family live in southern africa so I tell my boys they are off to grandma's house for a visit. It is wonderful that they tend to return to the same place and same nests each year. Love your Identifriday!

  3. I love the swallows every year- I could sit and watch them swoop around above my garden all day hunting bugs- I put out a house for them, but the house finch was quicker and got there first, next year I plan to put out more houses. Such beautiful birds! ~April