Bank Swallows Descend On Area Beaches

Steve Miller
June 02, 2018 - 11:02 am
Swallows nest on beaches

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you're at a Lake Michigan beach - a beach that's bordered by banks of sand - take a closer look for signs of life.

At Beverly Shores, Indiana -- toward the water from those 1933 Century of Progress homes -- you will see dozens of holes in the banks.

They are the nests of bank swallows.

"I think what they probably do is work their body - the soil has to be loose and preferably well-drained - and they sort of wriggle around inside until they reach the depth and size that they need."

Joel Greenberg is research associate at the Field Museum and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

He says the bank swallows fly around during the day - catching insects like flies.

Swallows nest on beaches
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"You'll see swallows almost just skimming the surface of the water, flying really low, to get insects that are coming out of the body of water."

Greenberg says the bank swallows probably arrived a month or so ago - and will probably be around until September.