Bird at Park
Please help us identify this bird that we see daily at a park in Englewood, Colorado. They have built nests in the rafters in each of the pavilions. They appear to have a very dark greenish shiny head, that progresses to black on their backs. The underside on their bellies and under their wings is orangish or peach-colored.
He is a handsome Barn Swallow.They work tirelessly building their nest, with pellets of wet soil in their bill from some roadside puddle. It is perhaps the only time you catch them with their feet on the earth. Usually grass is mixed with the mud, and the nest is lined with fine hay or feathers.
The deep fork in their tail enables him to steer himself with those marvellously quick, erratic turns, which make his course through the air resemble forked lightening. Barn swallows can be found from Brazil in winter to Greenland and Alaska in summer. What a journey to take twice a year?