I like birds with personality. The ones that look like they mean business especially. The ones that project, “Don’t mess with me, I just might kick your butt.” Funny coming from something the size of a walnut.
I posted the first photo on Nature Photography/Wildlife Photography Facebook’s group page because this little guy and his friends have some real attitude. One of the comments said, “lucky to find one standing still.”
I thought about that for a moment and generally speaking they are a very busy bird and the woman was totally on the mark. Usually one sees them chasing after flying insects with the acrobatic swerves, weaves and turns of any professional aerialist.
During breeding season, the Tree Swallows do stay put more often guarding and protecting, at least until an interloper moves in, then the steely blue head gives the stare and the action begins. Birds are not too tolerant of each other when they are guarding a new nest.
They can be downright vocal. I bet there are a few unprintable chirps bandied about. What do I know though, but it does seem like they argue a lot. This is the week the Tree Swallows return to our area and it is such fun watching them do battle for a nesting hole. Unfortunately, the Eastern Bluebird and Tree Swallow use the same size hole, but every family needs to find shelter. Long live those cute as a shiny button swallows.