[Tweeters] Violet green swallows playing? Practicing?

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Fri May 24 09:00:50 PDT 2013

Swallows use feathers as nesting material, and have a particular affinity for large, whit, fluffy

J. Acker
owler at sounddsl.com
Bainbridge Island, WA

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>From : ck park[mailto:travelgirl.fics at gmail.com]

Sent : 5/24/2013 8:50:56 AM
To : john.stark at bellinghamherald.com
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Subject : RE: Re: [Tweeters] Violet green swallows playing? Practicing?

i have a photo taken at center for urban horticulture of a tree swallow doing the exact same
thing...  i've also seen gulls and crows doing something similar with larger objects...

00 caren
george davis creek, north fork

On Fri, May 24, 2013 at 8:42 AM, Stark, John <john.stark at bellinghamherald.com> wrote:

Just a few minutes ago on my way in to work at our downtown Bellingham office, I saw two violet
green swallows playing or practicing with a big fluffy feather. It wasn't one of THEIR feathers--
it was the size of my thumb, whitish gray, probably from a seagull. The birds circled the parking
lot, alternately dropping the feather, letting it float, and then snatching it out of the air
again. They did this repeatedly. 

Has anyone ever seen this before?John Stark, Reporter
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