|A female Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) checks out a possible nesting cavity....|
|Our little female Tree Swallow looks happy with the site, and the male seems pleased too...|
At one point, the male flew closer to me. I could see he was holding a wispy strand of soft nesting material in his right foot...
|A male Tree Swallow carries nesting material in his right foot.|
|...the striking metallic blue feathers on his back contrast beautifully with the white feathers on his neck, chest and belly.|
I saw this pair of Tree Swallows on the boardwalk at Magee Marsh in Toledo, Ohio on May 7, 2012 at the Biggest Week in American Birding. She was very thorough in her inspection. After the male flew up, they both sang to each other over and over. It looked like they had found their perfect springtime home. I didn't get to go to the Biggest Week in American Birding this year, but I'm planning on it next year!