Barn Swallow Migration

Did you know that a Barn Swallow might fly 600 miles in a single day, in order to capture enough insects to eat? For swallows, long-distance migration is a lot like a typical day — except that they travel in a straight line instead of in circles!

1) Eight swallows species live in North America. Take a look at a Field Guide to the Birds of North America and find out which species will be coming your way this spring.

2) While you're waiting for the swallows, enjoy these fun facts about swallows.

3) Keep your eyes on the skies and report the FIRST Barn swallows of spring to arrive in your region! (If you live in the southern U.S. or Mexico, where some swallows spend the winter, please report your barn swallows NOW.)