Next time you visit DeKorte Park, take a walk on the marsh Discovery Trail. There are swallows galore.
Although the Tree Swallows tend to get the most attention because they perch so cutely on their nestboxes, their cousins the Barn Swallows may be even more handsome.
In the shot above, four Barn Swallows perch on the same branch.
On that same tree, Barn Swallows and Tree Swallows often perch together.
At right, a Barn Swallow takes off from the branch, showing his beautiful wingspan. Note the forked tail.
The Barn Swallows have been known to nest in the observation blinds along the trail — if you get too close a nest this summer, you may get dive-bombed.
More on Barn Swallows here.