Where to see Red-rumped Swallows in this area
Occassional visitor to Devon.
Berry Head 18/05/16
08:05am Possible Red-rumped Swallow. I was walking from the Coastguard lookout
to the ROC lookout with the low orange sun behind me. I was looking for House & Sand
Martins to add to my Berry Head list. I identified a House Martin by eye and then
by 8x42 Opticron binoculars. The next bird had a lighter head, my first thought
was Sand Martin, but through binoculars I saw a white rump and long tail
streamers. I followed the bird for around 5 sec with binoculars before trying
(unsuccessfully) to take a photograph. My lasting impression is of the white rump
and the remaining tail being around twice the length of the rump. If there was any
red in the rump it was at the body end of the rump.
I spent a few minutes trying to recover the bird with no success. In this time, I saw
a few (Barn) Swallows that seemed to be similar tail length to this possible
If confirmed, this would be my first sighting of a Red-rumped Swallow. After
checking the Collins Bird Guide, I would have paid more attention to the head and
tried to distinguish any colour in the rump. Juvenile birds of this species have
white rumps, but they would be seen in Autumn not Spring.