Inky flecks in a dusky pink sky: Watching the swallows of autumn on the Connecticut River

  • by: HELEN O'NEILL , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 2, 2014 - 8:55 AM

ON THE LOWER CONNECTICUT RIVER, Conn. — The first swallows appear at sunset, inky flecks in a dusky pink sky. A cloud of birds forms, then another and another. Soon the entire sky is teeming with tree swallows — hundreds of thousands of them — swooping and swirling and shimmying in a dazzling aerial ballet that paints the sky black.

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