Barn Swallows Wallowing

Hirundo rusticaIt’s rare to get a good solid look at a Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), considering they zip through the air at great speed most of the time in pursuit of flying insects, but a pair were gathering mud recently for their nest.Hirundo rusticaBarn Swallows build mud pellet cups; I watched one in process last year in Prospect Park.Hirundo rusticaThese birds nest under Pier One at Brooklyn Bridge Park.bs4Flying masons. The mud is gooey with plant matter, which must help with structural integrity. Note the long trailing tail feathers of the male above,

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