Date: 5/27/18 11:52 am From: Jory Teltser via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Barn Swallow Behavior
While looking for shorebirds at the Hunt Club in Westport, a horse started to walk out into the field. I noticed that within seconds of this happening, several Barns Swallows started maneuvering around the horses legs as it walked forward. This reminded me of what Bee-eaters in Africa do when large mammals such as Elephants move around the Savannah. When the large animals are moving, they flush up insects from the grasses. This is what I am assuming the Barn Swallows were talking advantage of when the horse was moving through the grass. Smart birds!