Three species of swallow were present at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge while I was there. The most common were Tree Swallows followed by Northern Rough-winged Swallows and Barn Swallows. The Barn Swallows were the most cooperative to photograph, perching on the boardwalk and not taking flight until I was about 10 feet away.

Barn Swallow

Tree Swallows were a little trickier to digiscope because they usually perched on their boxes or in trees, staying further away from me. They seemed much flightier than the Barn Swallow.

Tree Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallows really seem to enjoy perching on smaller vegetation on the lake, but I digiscoped this one in a tree. Rough-winged Swallows are perhaps not as strikingly colored as other swallows but they are still beautiful in a very earthy way.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow