The Tree Swallow population here in the southwestern most part of Vermont was definitely up this season. The last two years we had fewer birds than normal. The Barn Swallows seem to increase in number every year. We had a full Barn this year!
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> On Sep 2, 2019, at 10:57 AM, Charlie La Rosa <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I realize that the population trends for many swallow species are downward
> here and in other parts of the world. Given that, I can say anecdotally
> that I live in area where there should be plenty of tree and barn swallows.
> The habitat is good and there are suitable sites for nesting.
> Unfortunately, I have seen only a handful of tree swallows all summer and
> one barn swallow. Are others seeing the same? I wonder how large an area
> comprises the source of Walter's flock. At any rate, I'm glad to know he
> saw them.
> Charlie La Rosa
> So. Washington, VT
> On Mon, Sep 2, 2019 at 10:25 AM Kay Johnson <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> That must have been a wonderful sight. I was thinking this weekend that
>> I'd not seen any swallows this year near Hinesburg. Need to visit more hot
>> spots. Kay
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Walter Medwid <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Sun, Sep 1, 2019 6:18 pm
>> Subject: [VTBIRD] Swallow wave Derby
>> As the evening settled in, large numbers of swallows moved through my hot
>> spot...150-175 over the last couple of hours. Trees, rough winged and barn.
>> Monarchs at lower levels moving through as well.