• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Hi. Is this a swallow? (UK) (1 Viewer)



I am an absolute newbie to bird watching so please excuse my ignorance. :)

I was watching these birds today while at the coast. Coldingham Bay in Borders region in Scotland. I couldn't get very clear pictures of them but for all the details that I CAN get, they seem to me to be swallows. They seemed to be nesting in the rocks. There was a small woodland and fresh water nearby. However, when I put the details that I knew into a bird identification site, it didn't seem to recognise swallows as being at the coast.

Anyway....they were small but bigger than a robin. Their feathers down the back looked to be dark blue/almost black. They had a white/cream front with an orange/brown stripe under its head and its head was black (I think) Its tail was forked/split, just like a swallows.
There was quite a few of them, maybe about 6, nearby.

If I can figure out how to post photos. I could post the best of what I have.

If anyone can help a newbie, I would be grateful :)
Swallows can be seen pretty much anywhere including the coast, maybe they were feeding on minerals or water from the cliff face, they probably were not nesting there

Warning! This thread is more than 6 years ago old.
It's likely that no further discussion is required, in which case we recommend starting a new thread. If however you feel your response is required you can still do so.

Users who are viewing this thread