Have you had the opportunity to spot one of these flighty little birds?

If so, you’ll likely remember seeing their dark blue silhouettes flashing about as they swooped and soared over a field or open water body. They might occasionally display their distinctive long tail streamers as they eat (and drink) on the wing. Or perhaps you saw them at their nest, a curious little construction either in a barn or stuck to the side of a building that the parents painstakingly created one mud ball at a time. What you may not realize is that this is a migratory bird whose range spans every continent except Antarctica.

Perching Barn Swallow in Etobicoke, Ontario (Photo by iNaturalist user bkinder832) May 31, 2017

The Barn Swallow is also a species at risk in Canada.

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