[Tweeters] Barn Swallows with iced tails in Skagit
vikingcove at gmail.com
Mon Feb 4 20:07:51 PST 2019
Last year, later in February, it was a Violet-green Swallow that I saw with
icicles on its tail, so they're not impervious either.
I saw a Tree Swallow here Friday that was lucky enough to not suffer icing,
but today's snowy weather might change that.
Selah, Yakima County, WA
On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 7:35 PM Gary Bletsch <garybletsch at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Dear Tweeters,
> Since it was a snow day off from school, I went birding around Skagit
> County today. Roads were pretty good. Samish Flats had hardly any birder or
> photographer activity. At Samish Island Public Beach, surf was up, but
> nobody except ducks took advantage of the waves, oddly enough. My scope
> almost blew over there--north wind was blowing a near gale.
> At both Hayton Reserve and the Fir Island Game Range, I observed Barn
> Swallows that were foraging by dipping onto the surface of near-gelid
> water. All three of the Barn Swallows that I observed were dangling icicles
> from their forked tails. The Tree Swallow that I saw at the Game Range did
> not have any icicles. Maybe the forked tail is not such a useful feature in
> this weather.
> The puddle at Ershig and Field Roads that had a Glaucous Gull yesterday
> had zero gulls today, only a huddle of Mallards.
> At the Game Range, just walking along the roadside slough by the
> boat-launch parking lot was the best way to observe passerines. There I saw
> a Hermit Thrush, a White-throated Sparrow, and lots of other birds.
> Yours truly,
> Gary Bletsch
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