sure, one isn't enough, but Randall's Island now has enough swallows to make a summer
I went to Randall's Island yesterday. Swallows have taken over the northeast shore. Everywhere you look, there are Barn Swallows. I counted a couple of dozen at least, all swooping around, too fast for me to photograph.
The Tree Swallows were fewer and more cooperative.
Tree Swallow singing to claim a nesting area
The Parks department has put up some nest boxes, and the Tree Swallows have moved in.
the happy homeowners
Of, course, if there's a nest, the birds must be getting ready to fill it.
Ah, Spring, Spring! Great is the Spring, and so forth! -Basho
The nest boxes are right out in the open in an area with unrestricted access (that is, no fences; you're meant to walk along the shoreline); one of them is about 25 feet from a picnic table. The swallows aren't especially shy birds, I don't think, but if you visit, do give them a little space.
There were a lot of other birds as well. A big shoal of Brant was in the East River, along with a few Laughing Gulls, and there were Killdeer and a Spotted Sandpiper on the shores of the Bronx Kill (the bit of riser that separates Randall's Island from the Bronx). And some remarkably sharp-looking Savannah Sparrows.
King of the world, Ma!
In the freshwater marsh neat Little Hell Gate Inlet, I found Red-Winged Blackbirds (of course), but also Common Yellowthroats, a Yellow Warbler, and a Warbling Vireo singing loudly (of course).
Warbling Vireo, just like it says on the label
A splendid day in a splendid Spring migration. The Spotted Sandpiper and the Laughing Gulls were my first of the year, bringing me to 155 species in the county. I didn't get to that number until September last year.