Bank Swallow colony

Before heading home after the Illinois Audubon Spring Gathering in Nauvoo, we headed down to Hamilton to check out a Bank Swallow colony we learned about during lunch. The birds were congregated at a sand and gravel company lot, nesting in a large mound of sand. The activity was amazing and they were a lot of fun to watch. Thanks to Sonny for the tip – these were life birds for us!

Bank Swallows

Bank Swallows

Bank Swallows

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5 Responses to Bank Swallow colony

  1. Mick says:

    That’s an amazing lot of swallows all together. They must have found the sand pile a perfect nesting spot. Hope it doesn’t get used or moved too soon.

  2. MaineBirder says:

    All I can say is WOW, that’s a lot of Bank Swallows! Very nice photo series and video.

  3. Lana says:

    Wow! How cool is THAT??? Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Larry Jordan says:

    Great post Amy. Great shots of the colony and the video really shows their behavior well.

    Bank Swallows are listed as threatened in California so we feel really lucky when we find these beauties.

    Such a fragile habitat, I hope this nesting site is being protected by the owners during breeding season.

  5. Myles Falconer says:

    HI Amy,

    These are great BANS pics. I’m working on a Bank Swallow research project with Bird Studies Canada. Just wondering if I could get your permission to use one of your pics here on our website banner. You would get full credit, of course. Let me know.

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