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Natural Highlights: Cliff Swallows

   

If you are new to paddling the upper Wolf River, you might not have noticed the colony of Cliff Swallows on the downriver side of Bateman Bridge.  Cliff Swallows are easily recognized by their squarish tails, chestnut throats, light forehead spots and buffy rump patches which contrast with dark blue plumage.  Their gourd-shaped mud nests are small wonders of natural design, and you can watch the birds flying back and forth to supply nestlings with insects caught on the wing.

Learn more about Cliff Swallows by following this link.

      

Two views of Cliff Swallow nests at Bateman Bridge.

Posted by Cathy Justis at 3:51 PM