The name, ‘Rough-winged,’ refers to the tiny serrations on the outermost wing feathers of this swallow, visible only when the bird is in the hand. Adults are plain brown above with a white belly and buffy throat and upper breast. They have square tails and white under-tail coverts, sometimes visible from above on the sides of their rumps when the bird is in flight. Juveniles are similar in appearance to adults but have reddish-brown wing-bars. Northern Rough-winged Swallows can be confused with Bank Swallows, but Bank Swallows have distinct breast-bands and white throats, with some white wrapping back to their ears. Northern Rough winged Swallows have shorter tails than those of Bank Swallows. Northern Rough-winged Swallows are also broader-winged and stockier than Bank Swallows. Bank Swallows have backs and rumps that are paler than their wings. Consult a field guide or experienced observer for assistance in identification.

First Sighting of Year

Sunday, May 17, 2015 Damariscotta ME United States
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 Eaton Farm Rd Wiscasset ME United States
Thursday, April 20, 2017 124€“242 The Kings Hwy Newcastle ME United States
Monday, May 28, 2018 10 Southgate Rd Scarborough ME United States
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