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ID'ing Swallows

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For those of us who enjoy birding, it is always nice when a fellow birder lends their experience and knowledge to others.   I was lucky enough to have a fellow birder point out the differences in identifying two different Swallows.
In this instance, it was between a Barn and Cliff Swallow.  The forehead of the Barn Swallow is reddish-brown like its throat, while the forehead of the Cliff is white.
* Thanks Terry Sprague for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

Terry is an experienced outdoor naturalist, guide and speaker. 

Linking to: Our World Tuesday

Meal Time

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Hope you enjoyed meal time. ;-)



Weekday Mashup

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Say hello to a stranger.  Friendliness is never mistaken for anything but a simple act of kindness.



Magic Moments

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Hope you smiled today.



The Gathering

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Cliff swallows build their nests using mud. It is not unusual to see cliff swallow nests on the underside of bridges and overpasses. They typically build their nests on vertical cliffs.





Linking to: Our World Tuesday
Have a wonderful day, wherever you lay your head at night.



Foxy Lady

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Moma kept an eye on me.



Migration and Surprises

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With migration underway, the movement of birds showing up is increasing. As I typically do, I use my vehicle as a blind. Here are my results.











Hope you're all having a great day.


Barn Swallows

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May... is a wonderful month for bird migration.

Muscovy!

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I came across this pair of birds and originally guessed... these must be some sort of exotic goose. Turns out they're a very large duck.  I don't know about you folks, but I kinda think they're attractive.  I know what some of you might be thinking... and to that I say... they are apparently quite tasty.



Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscovy_Duck
The Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata) is a large duck native to MexicoCentral, and South America. Small wild and feral breeding populations have established themselves in the United States, particularly in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, as well as in many other parts of North America, including southern Canada. Feral Muscovy Ducks are found in New Zealand and have also been reported in parts of Europe.

Another interesting link about these unique quackers was to a blog called The Hedge Combers. The post was titled Raising Muscovy Ducks.

Linking to: Saturday's Critters #22
Weekly Top Shot #133

Have a great weekend!