Bashakill – 1,000 Tree Swallows!

Just about a third of the swallows present on Haven Road this morning.

Just about a third of the swallows present on Haven Road this morning.


The view in the sky opposite from where the swallows remained perched.

The view in the sky opposite from where the swallows remained perched.


This morning upon arriving at the Bashakill, I couldn’t believe my eyes. There were approximately 1,000 Tree Swallows on Haven Road. I counted the birds on the wires as quickly as I could, coming up with approximatelsy 700 birds between numerous sections from the bridge to the woods on the South Road side. It was impossible to get a photo of all the sections at once, so I attached one here. Looking out over the marsh, the numbers were also incredible. Maryallison Farley happened along and I shared the scene with her. It was amazing. I have seen many swallows on the wires here, but this was by far the most. Out of all those swallows, I only found one single Cliff Swallow, no other kinds at all. The rest of the Bashakill was quite busy as well. Many ducks were flying around. Mallard, Black and Wood Ducks were numerous. I met Scott Baldinger and we went to the Nature Trail and Deli Fields. We split up after a short time, and both had great numbers of birds. The Deli Fields was the most productive for me with an abundance of sparrows. Most were Chipping Sparrows which numbered at least 100 birds. Field, Song, White-throated and Licoln’s were all seen. Bluebirds were abundant, I believe there were well over thirty of them. House and American Goldfinches were both present, the later in higher numbers. Yellow-rumped and Palm Warlbers were also plentiful. Other species seen included Robins, Swainson’s Thrush, Catbirds, Phoebes, House Wrens and many Northern Flickers. A very fun, busy morning at the Bashakill.
A Swainson's Thrush feeding in the Virginia Creeper.

A Swainson’s Thrush feeding in the Virginia Creeper.

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4 Responses to Bashakill – 1,000 Tree Swallows!

  1. Karen c miller says:

    Good for you, john! Happy for you. Tree swallows were abundant in cape may also.

  2. Wilma Amthor says:

    Great shots John.
    So sad to see there are less birds around.

    Wilma

  3. Thanks Wilma! Its these incessant east southeast winds for the last several weeks. Once they finally turn to the northwest, we should still get a big push of fall migrants.

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