Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallow, Iona, Scotland, June 2005 - click for larger image

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.

Barn Swallow, Spain, May 2000 - click for larger image 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.
Barn Swallow, Spain, May 2000 - click for larger image
Juvenile Barn Swallow, Cornwall, England, September 2002 - click for larger image
Juvenile Barn Swallow, Cornwall, England, September 2002 - click for larger image
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