These are Black Terns. A limited amount of narration, I admit, but an amount that should no doubt suffice.
Black Terns. Hardcore.
|What do you think of this bird? It's kind of fucked, right? Pretty drab, looks like it could be a few things. Let's get some perspective.|
|Does it look the the bird facing us on the left? I think it kind of does. And what do you know, it's hanging out with a bunch of Cave Swallows.|
|This is something that looks more familiar. If only all swallows looked exactly as they're supposed to look.|
|And this bird, which appears to be molting P6.|
|Here are a Cave Swallow and a Barn Swallow. I've seen people struggle with this identification, especially with perched birds. Besides the obvious difference in tail shape, look at the extent of the dark cap on the nape, the sheen on the back of the Barn Swallow, and the quantity and quality of white on the undersides.|
|And another look.|
|Now here's a juvenile Barn Swallow, for comparison with the Cave Swallows above.|
|And we finish with a Bank Swallow. People really shouldn't be fucking this up. Fortunately, and to my knowledge, this is not something that happens often.|