Gays Mills in Crawford County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The nests are repaired or new ones built each year. The birds forage together in groups gathering the right mud to carry back to the nesting site. A pair was observed bringing 44 mud pellets in a 30 minute period. The mud is carried in their bills. These nests, originally built on vertical cliff surfaces, are now more commonly seen on the undersides of concrete bridges and culverts, and less often on buildings and cliffs. The birds seem to have learned that their nests are more secure and protected attached to the more stable concrete surfaces.
These beautiful little birds, which weigh little more than one half ounce, eat, drink, and bathe, entirely in flight. Bathing in flight involves a quick hard splash in the water and flying on. They eat swarming insects. Many of these are farm crop pests such as corn borer moths and grasshoppers, and they also eat mosquitoes and many other kinds of insects.
Thanks to Dr. Charles Brown, Tulsa OK, Village of Gays Mills, WI, and Community Conservation Inc., Gays Mills, WI
Cliff Swallows breed throughout most of North America. They migrate over land to the Southern part of South America.
Gathering mud is a social activity.
A swallow feeding its young.
Location. 43° 19.16′ N, 90° 51.021′ W. Marker is in Gays Mills, Wisconsin, in Crawford County. Marker can be reached from Main Street (State Touch for map. Marker is in Robb Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gays Mills WI 54631, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gays Mills Sesquicentennial (within shouting distance of this marker); Gays Mills Apple Orchards (approx. 0.6 miles away); Beauford T. Anderson (approx. 5½ miles away); James Davidson (approx. 6.4 miles away); Soldiers Grove Origin (approx. 6½ miles away); Black Hawk Trail (approx. 8.7 miles away); John McCulloch (approx. 12 miles away); Trade Links – River Borne (approx. 13.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gays Mills.
Also see . . .
1. Cliff Swallow. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology; All About Birds. (Submitted on February 20, 2011.)
2. Cliff Swallow. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on February 20, 2011.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 887 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 20, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.