Date: 4/3/18 2:29 pm
From: <cathie.murray...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: More Tree Swallows and an Osprey in Gardiner
Hi Jeff and all,
How do you think swallows are faring in central Maine?
I realize tree swallows can eat some fruit that has overwintered when they
first arrive...good thing!
in recent years it has seemed like our swallows have had their timing off,
compared to the insects they'd like to eat.
I remember years when hundreds of swallows, multiple species, would be
hawking fresh hatched insects from the Kennebec River and Cobbossee stream
just in time to feed their young, but I haven't seen that lately.
Last spring I was birding along Cobbossee Stream in May when a mayfly-type
hatch occurred and there wasn't a single swallow enjoying it.
I know this lack of synchronicity is happening in some parts of the
world/country due to climate change, and not in others.
How do you think our part of the world is doing?
Cathie


On Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:33:47 PM UTC-4, Jeff Wells wrote:
>
> Numbers of Tree Swallows coursing over the Cobbossee Stream and nearby in
> downtown Gardiner have continued to grow so that there are at least 50 here
> at mid-day. An Osprey was sitting on the favored perch near the bridge next
> to Dunkin Donuts in Gardiner this morning as well.
>
> Jeff Wells
>

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