BirdWeb: Seattle Audubon's Guide to the Birds of Washington State

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Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

The Barn Swallow is one of seven species of swallows found in Washington State. (All are insect-eaters and migrate south for the winter.) Contrary to its name, the Barn Swallow used to nest in caves but now generally builds its signature mud nest on a manmade structure. Not a fan of mosquitos? Appreciate Barn Swallows then -- they can consume 850 flying insects a day!

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Kent Ponds

Puget Trough

Officially called "Green River Natural Resources Area," the Kent Ponds offer prime habitat in an area under increasing pressure from development. Expect to find a variety of waterfowl, like Green-winged Teal and Northern Shovelers. Listen for Common Yellowthroats in low-lying vegetation, and Warbling Vireos and Willow Flycatchers in the cottonwood forests.

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