We’ve seen significantly fewer swallows of any species this year than in previous years. There was a very large feeding flock (mixed species) on Caspian Lake on a cold and windy May afternoon, some at Missisquoi NWR headquarters, a few along the South Hero Marsh Trail - but that’s about it. Many areas where we can usually count on swallows just didn’t have any.
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center
> 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.