|Cliff Swallow showing white forehead patch|
It was there that we also picked up our first year bird in Ohio, accidentally and incidentally. As I was waiting for Shari to come back out, I saw some swallows flying out from under the carport in front of the lodge. Something about them told me that they weren't Barn Swallows and when I looked up at the roof of both the carport and covered entrance way I saw mud nests attached to almost every corner, with swallows flying in and out of them. I could also hear chicks begging. The little white forehead patch cinched the identification: Cliff Swallows. One of the nests was actually built atop a Barn Swallow nest. I'm glad I got photos when I did, because a couple of days later most of the nests had been knocked down by the lodge staff--apparently they wanted to avoid paying customers getting surprises from on high.