Nesting cliff swallows return to Lake Wallenpaupack

Swallows_4 6-8-07Once again, it appears that cliff swallows have returned to nest under the hydroelectric dam here at Lake Wallenpaupack.

We first spotted the cliff swallows nesting here in the summer of 2007, but they did not return last year.

Arriving here in late spring, the cliff swallows spend their days eating insects off the surface of the lake. Although the cliff swallow can nest solitarily, it usually nests in colonies. Their gourd-shaped nests are usually placed under an overhang and are made of mud pellets, with a small entrance tunnel on one side.

These birds can be seen practicing amazing acrobatic flying maneuvers in and around Mangan Cove. With a good pair of binoculars and a quick eye, you might just catch a glimpse of them.

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