The Friends of Times Beach Nature Preserve
Status: Common, Breeds Here
One of the indicators that spring has sprung is when the swallows return to Times Beach! Tree Swallows are among the first swallows to come into our area during the northward migration and they do nest at Times Beach. You can expect to see them arrive sometime around early april. Breeding starts in mid-May with nesting in tree cavities or nest boxes. The migration south can start as early as late July. These swallows are commonly observed in large groups, over the meadows and waters at Times Beach as they acrobatically hunt and consume flying insects.
Other swallows to look out for at Times Beach include Northern Rough-winged, Barn, Chimney Swifts, Purple Martin, and the occasional Bank Swallow.
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology All About Birds-Tree Swallow
National Geographic Tree Swallow Facts
Audubon Field Guide
VIDEO: Tree Swallows at Times Beach Nature Preserve, September 2014