This month’s quiz showed a bird sitting on what
appears to be a telephone wire. That is the first clue. With that
clue and the overall shape of the bird nearly everyone recognized this
bird as a swallow. Our bird is preening and we can’t see the face at
all, but we do have a view of the top of the head, nape, and part of
the back. They are all green. In Utah we have 7 swallow species, but
only 1 that is this green - Violet-Green Swallow. Tree Swallows may
look greenish in some light, but it is more of a iridescent, metallic
blue color and not birght green like this bird.
Also several people pointed out the long wings on
our bird. The posture makes it a bit hard to see, but it appears that
the wings are quite a bit longer than the tail, another characteristic
of Violet-green Swallows. The wings of Tree Swallows are not as long
compared with the length of the tail.
I photographed this Violet-Green Swallow
in Island Park, ID in July.
This month’s quiz had the highest percentage
correct of all the quizzes so far – 88%.