So, you can bet I was more than stoked when I spotted, what appeared to be, a Bank Swallow.
I noticed a bird with a dark brown back, clean white underbelly and a necklace-of-sorts around its neck and breast area.
OMG!!! 😁☀️How cool.
I lingered with them for as long as my brain and balance could navigate their pendulous movement.
Any time I see a bird that’s not super common in my area, I always double check with my field guide…
Just to be sure I’m recalling the field marks correctly.
When I looked the Bank Swallow up… I was spot on.
Those were the filed marks for the Bank Swallow for sure.
It was August.
So, I took the extra minute to ask myself The Question…
Who else could it be?
If you haven’t done so already… pull out your field guide and do that now, before I reveal what I discovered.
I scanned each swallow in my guide…
The Barn, Cliff, Cave, Tree…
WAIT! WHAT’S THAT?
The juvenile Tree Swallow shows a necklace similar to that of the Bank Swallow!!
OK… So, how are they actually different?
I’ll let you discover that for yourself.
But, I will tell you that there is one great feature that you can use to distinguish the two species this time of year.
That’s why I’ll be diving into 6 more of these similarities with my students in the Advanced Skills for Beginning Birders Masters Course during our next live Zoom session.