Date: 6/23/20 9:59 am From: Bill Tice <ticebill7...> Subject: [obol] On Swallows
As has been postulated recently, the wet and cool spring has likely offset the breeding plans for swallows (martins) and many other species. This seems to be a reasonable explanation, and goes a long way as to why we are seeing less swallows at their nest boxes. So if some at least are skipping breeding this year, they are out and about elsewhere, which may explain why Tim R just saw a Bank Swallow down in Coos Bay. It may be we will see a few more out of place birds like this that normally would be breeding this time of year. I recently canoed down the Luckiamute River in Polk County. ( https://variousoregonbirdingpiks.blogspot.com/2020/06/down-luckiamute-river.html) I have done this many times in the past and have always seen a few pairs of Northern Rough Winged Swallows both in that river and in the Willamette where it empties out, but this year only one pair, and these were much farther upstream than I've seen them in the past. Interesting. I only saw 2-3 VG Swallows as well. But the Cliff Swallows, which nest under the various bridges were all well accounted for.
-- Bill Tice
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