Camera Critters - Tree Swallow

I headed into Hartville yesterday to purchase seed at my favorite nature shop. You see, a rose-breasted grosbeak landed on one of our feeders Thursday evening and I wanted to be sure I had the right seed in case he or any other members of his flock decided to come back. As I was leaving the parking lot, a male and female tree swallow flew down and perched on a sign next to the street.

tree swallow photo by Adrienne Zwart in OHio


The pair have claimed a bluebird house near the store. That is pretty typical behavior: tree swallows will often harass a male bluebird till it gives up the nesting box. (Male bluebirds scope out a proper nesting site, then they sing their hearts out to attract a female.) We had this happen at our last home after my husband and daughter installed a bluebird house as a Mother's Day gift. Once the bluebird gave up, I promptly went to the bird store and bought another one. The bluebird returned, and so I had two pairs of happy birds, both with successful nests.

We've installed a bluebird house here this spring, but no takers thus far. Though the property behind us has a large open space, I'm afraid there are still too many trees in our yard for a bluebird's liking. Who knows, maybe something else will find the nest box a cozy place to call home.

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Comments

Snap said…
Beautiful shot. Loved your story, too!
Indrani said…
Wow! Good management skills I say. :)
So now we get to see more pictures of them, right?
Karen said…
That's a great shot !

here's hoping that there will be some takers and you can get to take plenty of wonderful photos. :-)
Sharon said…
Very beautiful bird!
Ladynred said…
What a beautiful bird. Great shot!
VALKYRIEN said…
Beautiful bird that one! Hope you get a shot of the bluebird also!
Nice photo, we noticed that our bluebird's boxes are being harassed also....must be the norm? Lu
Tammy said…
What a pretty little bird!
b13 said…
Interesting behavior. Cute birdie... for a squatter ;)
Dianne said…
he's beautiful!
theArthurClan said…
That's absolutely beautiful Adrienne! I tell you what - your photography of critters impresses me more and more. I went on a Nature Photography Drive with my friends on Monday and found out just how difficult it is to photograph a bird. Yikes!
TCKK said…
What a beautiful bird!!
Sue said…
Great shot. I didn't know that swallows would do that. That's interesting. TFS
Kerri said…
I saw this today....a tree swallow in a bluebird house....and just a little bit further was a bluebird house....with bluebirds in it.

Great post!!
Kelly said…
...beautiful photo of the Tree Swallow. I hope something moves into your nest box soon!
i beati said…
they are so so sweet the grosbeak - not here in this part of country
Shellmo said…
Such a cute photo! We had to get more bird boxes too - to break up the competition between our chickadees and the swallows.
Marci's World said…
Oh, Adrienne! Your bird shots throughout your blog are so lovely! How do you do it!! I tired to capture a Stellar's Jay when we were on a trip - couldn't do it! Simply lovely.
Thank you for your kind comments. Encouragement is such a help for a beginning photographer.

Angie(TAC) and Marci, I take dozens of shots when I see something and still have to discard them all sometimes. And having my camera ready and with me always has certainly helped. (I used to carry a camera in a case, and by the time I'd get it out, the bird would be gone.) I've been watching birds since I was a little girl, so being familiar with them probably helps. Angie, I use your "hold-your-breath" technique a lot!
Willard said…
I think I have seen far more Tree Swallows using bluebird boxes than I have bluebirds. They are beautiful birds too and you captured this one well. I also enjoyed the Goose photograph for Camera Critters/
theArthurClan said…
Oh my goodness - that photo is absolutely gorgeous!

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