About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Photo Share: Tree Swallow

Tree swallows breed between May and September in mid-Michigan. They raise one brood per year and then gather in large flocks to prepare for their journey south in the fall. Tree swallows winter in southern North America, primarily in Florida, and along the Caribbean coast of Central America.

While nesting they aren't very social with other Tree Swallows. But once they leave our nesting territory they find safety in numbers. They form flocks to roost together, watch for predators and forage for food.

They are especially fond fruits of waxmyrtle and bayberry bushes that grow in sandy soils near seacoasts. They are one of the very few birds able to digest the energy-rich waxy outer coatings of these berries. 

Watch an extremely neat YouTube video of a flock of Tree Swallows feeding on a waxmyrtle bush: https://youtu.be/fAwabGUpmYE?t=30

Related Article:
Barn Swallow Babies http://bit.ly/LZPY8G
What is a brood patch on a bird? http://bit.ly/LZQ3sO
Barn swallow and tree swallows at the Wetlands! http://bit.ly/LZQ5AT
How Do Birds Lay Eggs? http://bit.ly/H8omO0
Blue and orange bird making mud nest http://goo.gl/ZQJae

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