Field Notes

David Fix
54. by David Fix on July 03, 2011 at 07:28 pm

To get to know these birds by ear, remember "rough wing, rough call." These birds often give their flatulent call-notes in easily counted groups of 4 or 5. Sometimes in spring these swallows rip past in pairs and small groups, continually vocal, and they can actually dominate the bird sounds along streamsides and in canyons in late April. It is possible early on in one's birding (pers. exp.) to over-eagerly misidentify returning brownish-backed, second-year Tree Swallows as Rough-wings, especially if (a) there are only a few of the brownish-backed swallows present, and (b) the birder really, really wants to see that first-arrival or lifer Rough-wing.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

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