Barn Swallow (male)

A Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) spotted in the central wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park. This individual is a male, as indicated by its rust-colored breast.

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According to “All About Birds,” Cornell Lab of Ornithology …

True to their name, they build their cup-shaped mud nests almost exclusively on human-made structures.

An experienced birder told me Barn Swallows build their nests under the boardwalk that goes through the wetland area at Huntley Meadows Park.

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