The Mill July Bird of The Month: Bank Swallow

Bank Swallow

Bank swallows, also known as sand martins, are fascinating little birds often seen zipping around riverbanks, lakeshores, and sandy cliffs. Easily recognized by their brown upperparts and distinctive dark chest band, these social birds dig burrows in sandy or gravelly banks to nest.


Bank Swallow

They are incredible fliers, catching insects on the wing with their synchronized darting and swooping. Migratory in nature, bank swallows travel between North America and South America.


Bank Swallow in flight

Although these birds do not visit feeders, they can be seen around most creeks and rivers in our areas; anywhere with a steep sandy bank which is their favorite habitat! Watching these agile aviators is a joy and a great indicator of a healthy ecosystem.

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