Tree Swallows are now iridescent blue streaks strafing our fields:

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They do stop to bicker with each other over summer residences:

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They also reject their given name by perching on colorful man-made objects, including kayak racks, traffic signs, and fence posts:

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These swallows consume enormous numbers of microscopic midges, mosquitoes, and other tiny insects, but – unusually – they also eat berries. Consistent with their lifestyle, they have hyper hygiene habits: they bathe by quickly skimming a pond with their bodies, then swooping up at high speed to get a blow-dry. (Brooklin, Maine)

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