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#1 snick

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 02:04 AM

Among a dozen or so Violet-green Swallows, perched on a wire, were three I couldn't identify. Lower left might be a Barn Swallow (?), but I can't figure out the top 2. One of the Violet-greens is at the lower right for comparison. Sorry about the poor quality-- they were 60ft up or so.


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Posted 28 July 2012 - 02:11 AM

Lower left is a Northern Rough-Winged Swallow. Top two- juvenile Violet-greens? or juvenile Tree Swallows? or maybe Bank swallows or more Rough-wingeds? I can't tell.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 02:37 AM

With the amount of white showing below the eye on the three juveniles I'd say they were also Violet-greens.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 02:40 AM

OK. What's with the white 'collar' and the coloring on the upper breast? I haven't seen markings like that on swallows before.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 03:53 AM

Looks like it's probably caused by out of place feathers.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 01:09 PM

Agree, all look like Violet-Greens based on the pale auriculars.

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Posted 28 July 2012 - 06:05 PM

I'll take your word(s) for it. :) But how can I make these distinctions myself in the future? When I do a search for juvenile Violet-green Swallow, not a single image looks anything like the 2 birds at the top. And the ears don't look that pale to me. I'm useless! :P

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