Friday, 29 April 2011

Aberant Swallow

Whilst doing more Atlas tetrads this AM somewhere south-east of Llanrhuddlad I came across this female type washed out Barn Swallow. The reddish bits were very pale and washed out and the blue head bits were more browny. I know we get some "Portlandica" subadult terns at Cemlyn, is this a rare sub-adult plumage for Swallow or is it just simply an aberation?

Probably the latter.

1 comment:

  1. hi Steve

    There is an article and images of a Swallow x Sand Martin Hybrid in one of the BBFO reports in early 2000s. Looked similar to you bird. Was it normal swallow size, and what colour was it above?