Record from Cleveland Metroparks Backyard Biodiversity Bash 2015
Naturalists & natural resource professionals at Cleveland Metroparks were assisted by local experts (Lake Erie Allegheny Partnership for Biodiversity, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, many volunteers) in the annual bioblitz of a constructed wetland behind the Watershed Stewardship Center, and meadow above a former landfill.
Crappy photo, but still identifiable. Harvesting mud to build the nest.
The barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world. It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. In Anglophone Europe it is just called the swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a "swallow" rather than a "martin".