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BirdNote: Tree Swallow Roost
BirdNote
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09/05/2008
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It takes but 15 seconds for the 300,000 birds to vanish into the marsh...

 

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As the sun sets over the Connecticut River, as many as 300,000 Tree Swallows gather on the wing in one huge, tightly choreographed flock. With dusk at hand, the aerobatic flock – now shaped like a tornado – swoops down into the tall reeds. It takes but 15 seconds for the 300,000 birds to vanish into the marsh, where they remain until dawn.
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There may be a roost near you. Ask your local Audubon.


 
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