|Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Arrives from Africa in about April and flies back there around October.
The bird on the left of the second photo shows rufous-buff underparts. This may be a sub-species since there are two with rufous-buff underparts. One is H. r. erythrogaster which breeds in North America and winters in South America and the other is H. r. transitiva which breeds in the eastern Mediterranean. I am grateful to Rick Northup for his comments on this bird.
|The third photo shows a typical mud nest while photos 4 and 5 show juveniles with their reddish-buff forehead and chin and lack of long tail streamers.|