Rest Break

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)

In mid-May, photographer Phil Rowntree caught one of these hyperactive flyers resting on a fence (“Burrowing Swallow” May 13 2021). Recently I happened on another of the species; it sat not only for a snapshot but for a cameo video. I’m fairly confident it’s the same species, except that Phil’s bird had a rough, burry crown while mine looks slick and laid down. But Phil’s also had its breast feathers puffed out, as if trying to get warm, while mine has its breast feathers laying flat. So the different lay of the feathers is probably of no significance to the ID. You can read the previous post for details about this bird. Here’s a couple of screenshots from the video as the bird is taking off, showing its broad and powerful wings

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)

More about them: Wikipedia Cornell Audubon In Chavez Park

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