Bird of the Week – Barn Swallow


Barn Swallows are uncommon in Interior and Southcentral Alaska, but pretty easy to find in Southeastern. WC got this photo near the Yakutat Airport. For many years, WC chased steelhead trout along the Situk River, outside of Yakutat. For obvious reasons, WC carried only a pocket camera while fishing, so image quality isn’t great here.

Barn Swallow, Yakutat, Alaska

Barn Swallow, Yakutat, Alaska

The Barn Swallow is the most widely distributed and abundant swallow in the world. It breeds throughout most of North America, Europe, and Asia and winters in Central and South America, southern Spain, Morocco, Egypt, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, India, Indochina, Malaysia, and Australia. Originally nesting primarily in caves, the Barn Swallow has almost completely converted to breeding under the eaves of buildings or inside artificial structures such as bridges and culverts. There’s a colony of Barn Swallows nesting in one of the large culverts on the road around the Yakutat Airport.

There’s a fifth species of Swallow in Alaska, the Violet-Green Swallow. But, alas, WC doesn’t have a decent photo of one. Sorry.

Camera geek stuff: not available, pocket camera

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One thought on “Bird of the Week – Barn Swallow

  1. I love Barn Swallows! I have some that come back every year and nest in my kennel. Last year their first nest eggs didn’t hatch because it got too hot. I have the nest, with 6 eggs, on my book shelves. They built another nest in a different part of the kennel and those eggs successfully hatched and fledged. They should be back soon.

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