A Mouth to Feed

On an early-summer afternoon, next to a lake at a nature reserve in the Minneapolis metro area, this hungry juvenile barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) opened wide in anticipation every time an adult flew within 100 feet of its perch.

Many times, the adults would pass by with nothing, skimming and swooping over the shallow lake in a constant search for flying insects. After they passed, the juvenile bird would close its beak and scan the horizon, waiting and watching. Occasionally, its parent would drop off a damselfly.

A Mouth to Feed

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