As summer passes for another year, these little fellows go with it. Off to more southern warmer parts where the insects are abundant. This is the sound of one individual making a “rubbing on a balloon” sound while clinging to the side of a cliff-face. I was there at the right time with the right gear, so to speak. The song is lacking variety and somewhat interest but this captures what i wanted none-the-less.. (wow that rhymed)
This bird averages 13 cm (5 inches) long with a tiny bill. The adult Cliff Swallow has an iridescent blue back and crown, brown wings and tail, and buff rump. The nape and forehead are white. The underparts are white except for a red face. The tail is square-ended.
Young birds are essentially brown above and whitish below, except for the buff rump and dark face. The only confusion species is the closely related Cave Swallow, which is richer in colour and has a cinnamon rump and forehead.
Like all swallows and martins, Cliff Swallows subsist primarily on a diet of insects which are caught in flight. (Info Wikipedia)
Recorder: SD 722
Microphone: Telinga DAT
Sample/Bitrate: 44.1k 24 bit
Location: Portal, Arizona
Recordist: Martyn Stewart
Weather: Partly Cloudy
© martyn stewart 2010