F/9.0, 1/320, ISO 250.

Tree Swallow

Why do ghosts ride in elevators?

It keeps their spirits up.

Interesting Fact: They bathe by flying low over the water and skimming their bodies against the surface, then rising quickly while shaking off droplets. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tree_Swallow/lifehistory )


  1. Tree swallows are among my absolute favourites of all birds. I grew up with pairs of them nesting in a treehouse on the clothesline post in my back yard every summer. They are smart too. Last year one was working diligently to get a twig in the house but couldn’t manage. The twig was just a bit too long for her. She flew over to me where I was sitting on the deck and dropped the twig at my feet and chattered at me. I picked up the twig, walked over to the bird house and popped it in, leaving just the tip hanging out while she hovered nearby. She acted as if she were absolutely delighted with me and then she went into the house, pulled the twig in the rest of the way and to continued her careful building.

  2. Marvelous shot! Love the vision of the background flier, and the expression has to be in fact the bird emitting the apt title of this post.

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