Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Wild Bird Wednesday 324 - Welcome Swallow

The Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) is a common bird near where I live.  It is most abundant in the summer - but there are always a few about.  Unlike the Barn Swallows I grew up seeing these birds are not just present for me in summer.  Many to the summer birds do move north in the cooler months, but its not the all or nothing kind of migration seen in Barn Swallows.

This sequence of pictures shows an adult returning to (what I take as) a young bird - the pictures were taken late last month, so I was surprised to see such well developed young birds.  Which just goes to show how much I know!

The adult returned, possibly empty-beaked, and the young bird was clearly not pleased! It tried to follow the passing adult, but ended up falling onto its back.  It was all rather comical.

As ever, click on the blue button to join in with WBW.  Cheers SM

PS: this is the start of a very busy month: visiting birders, work travel and then a break - so please be patient with me!  SM


  1. Wow, what a great series of photos. Enjoy the rest of the week, cheers Diane

  2. All creatures abound with attitude. Just ask my pitbull.

  3. These are marvelous Stewart!

  4. What a wonderful series of pictures. I always love to see birds with their wings spread. Great shots.

  5. I can’t imagine seeing Swallows all year round. I’d like to though.

  6. Such beautiful Captures of such amazing action. I would ‘welcome swallows ‘ of any variety at any time. Lucky fellow birders to be visiting you!