Barn Swallow flocking

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“It has been a better migration year compared to last few years, with more Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica gutturalis) and more first winter/juveniles seen. This group comprised approximately 150-160 birds, with 10-15% first winter/juveniles. They were preening mid-morning after feeding.

“Still a far cry from when I first came to this region (Perak) in the early 1980’s when we used to see thousands of these on electrical wires in Ipoh City. You had to be very careful where you parked when you went out at night to eat or else your car could get completely splattered by…

“The image at the top shows the swallows loading on a wire, sitting close to each other. That above shows a first winter/juvenile bird”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
15th November 2009

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