Just the Facts: Barn Swallows

AKA: Mud Swallows. Close relatives: Purple Martin, Cliff Swallow, Tree Swallow Scientific Classification: Animalia, Chordata, Aves, Passeriformes, Hirundinidae; Hirundo; H. rustica. Bird Size & Markings: Adult Barn Swallows are about 7” long, stand 4” high and have a 13” wingspan. They weigh less than 1 ounce. Males have metallic blue back, wings, and tail with rufous to tawny underside. The blue crown and face is … Continue reading Just the Facts: Barn Swallows

Just the Facts: White-tailed Deer

White-tailed deer, the smallest members of the North American deer family, are found from southern Canada to South America. During the summer months, they prefer to inhabit fields, lightly wooded areas, and meadows. During the winter they generally keep to forests, preferring coniferous stands that provide shelter from the harsh elements. Size & Markings: A buck (male) whitetail from northern climates can weigh up to … Continue reading Just the Facts: White-tailed Deer