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Swallows by the Hundreds...

Meteorologists tell us that fog is created with a cold air/warm air conversion. It was 84 degrees when I left around 6:30 in the morning, heading toward Calallen, Texas. Taking highway #44 from Corpus Christi, I drove into ground fog along the way.

All I can say is: "I wish the cold air was surrounding me! 84 is just too hot that hour in the morning."  At my first stop, the fog lingered in the valley as I searched the horizon.



By the time I arrived at the park, I stopped at the hawk watch platform. It was now posted due to the virus pandemic. And the annual hawkwatch for recording the raptors' migration begins August 1st and continues thru to November 15th. A long time. But the group of volunteer recorders is a large number, so I understand the caution. Since it was around 7 a.m., I figured I was safe to open the 'gate' and climb the tower - I didn't touch anything or lean on the platform the whole time:

There, I saw green jays, woodpeckers, cardinals, sparrows, humming birds, tufted titmouse, doves, and mockingbirds. The cardinals and mockingbirds were in molting phase. Not too attractive.


Off I went to the field and valley area along the river road. Here, I saw mostly swallows. I was literally taken aback by the numbers! I did not resize this upcoming photo at all. It's right off the camera card, and VERY LARGE [a little over 1MB in pixel size]. But, in order to see just a 'few' of the numbers of swallows roosting, I had to keep it large for y'all. Click on the photo to embiggen it.   Look on the 2nd from the top power line. You'll be astounded, I think...

PS at 5 a.m. I counted them in the photo: 155!



And, since this last image uploaded is so heavy in pixels, I will stop here and continue the rest of the photos taken along the river in the next post. To be continued...

44 comments :

  1. Yes, I see them all on the wire! They are not split up, either. All of them chose the same wire!

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    1. They were everywhere, flying roosting feeding at the river...

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  2. Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. My little 7 yr old great niece recently visited San Juan Capistrano Mission and learned all about their swallows.

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    1. Bud and I made a trip to see them fly in in March one year. It was a sight to remember! (Loved the bells at the mission most, tho, lol)

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    2. I am happy that you and Bud visited there. My brother and husband visited there and shared many pretty videos with me.

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    3. It was worth the trip.

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  3. That's a lot of swallows.
    84 is too warm to start the day. I think it was 66 when I left for work yesterday morning.

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    1. It was another hot one. 66° is kinda warm for PA, too, isn't it?

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  4. Hello,

    It is cool seeing all those swallows. Are temps are cooler in the morning but it can still feel humid here. Take care, have a great day!

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    1. Wishing it'd be cooler here, in the mornings!

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  5. 155! That is impressive!

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    1. It was. Made ME speechless. And, I had no-one to talk to anyway. lol

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  6. It doesn't embiggen enough for me to count them! I had to try! Keeping cool here.

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    1. Hmmm, I can enlarge it to over 3000 px.

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  7. Wow on that many swallows in one place on one power line! Worth the visit. Plus getting out of the house is a big plus

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    1. I don't think I've ever seen that many together like that! Getting out is HUGE plus for me.

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  8. Instead of getting your ducks all in a row, you got your swallows all in a row. I LOVE it of course. I DON'T like driving in ground fog, though I would love to be the only one on the road and go. LOL (a few years ago, we took off to a park a couple hours from here, and just decided to take the 4 lane road instead of this other 2 lane highway we take sometimes....because it was foggy. We got an hour or so up the road to a town we wanted to have breakfast in...they told us the other option we sometimes take had had a 10 car pile-up...took all the ambulances from all around to get everyone.)

    As to the park I was at...I actually saw it called Heron County Park, but that just does not make sense cause it sounds like it is in Heron County. The sign now says Wetland Board Walk...but there used to be one that said something about Heron Viewing Park or something that included Heron...I could spend hours there, but Roger cannot now.

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    1. Yes, it does make it sound like Her on County. And, as for that trip ... someone was watching over you!

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  9. It didn't embiggen for me when I clicked on it but my magnifying glass let me see the incredible amount. WOW.

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    1. You're the 2nd one that it wouldn't enlarge for you. It works for me. Phone & laptop. Tho with phone, I have to pinch & spread my fingers.

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  10. Wow, that's a lot of swallows! And as much as I love warm weather, I must agree with you that 84 degrees is much too warm for 6:30 in the morning.

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    1. It's 97° here today (without heat factor)

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  11. Wow, such a huge amount of swallows all on one line. Great capture on your hot morning. It's wonderful that you can see so many types of birds all in one place. Truly a banquet for the eyes.
    Sue

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    1. This area that I live in is "the birdiest city in America"

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  12. Wow that is hot for so early in the morning!!
    You sure got to see a lot of different birds in one place.
    LOTS of birds on the wire!!!

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  13. I love, love, love a foggy morning!
    I see all those swallows - wow!

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    1. I really like foggy mornings too Mari.

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  14. Amazing photo! Wow!! Gulp! That's a lot of swallows!! Ha ha.

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    1. Don't look up with your mouth open. (wink)

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  15. It is fascinating to see swallows lined up like that.

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    1. More surprising for those numbers...was for me anyway.

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  16. Big Boy doesn't chase critters, frogs or lizards. not even squirrels, the only thing he would chase is raccoon or possum, but since he is on leash he doesn't chase, he would in the yard. our other dogs all chased critters

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  17. Totally amazing! Thanks for the great pictures, and I'm glad you got there so early and were able to get them legally. That is incredibly warm for so early in the morning, even with ground fog.

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    1. Yes, before I was done walking, I was pretty miserable.

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  18. h my what a gorgeous photo of a cardinal!! Thank you!! I personally like to walk in the fog. It's surreal! Have a grand weekend!

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  19. Pleased With Your Activities - Good On You - The Fog Brings Added Attention For Sure - Keep On Keeping On

    Cheers

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