Barn Swallow

Short and wide bill, raptor-like vision
Legs very short; feet best for perching, not suited for walking
Perched on reed stem
Glossy blue back; long outer tail feathers
Called House Swallow in Chinese
Underparts tawny in North America
Getting a drink
Underparts slightly tinged in Europe
Collecting grass and mud for nest-building
Carrying nest material; light underparts in Asia
Breeding pair at nest in Japan
Clutch ranges from 3 to 7 eggs
Arrival of second parent and possibly more food triggers mayhem in Switzerland
Not enough food for everyone!
Fledglings waiting for food
I'm still hungry! But I just fed you!
Food is flown in
Fledglings fed in flight
Independent juvenile?

A bird of open country, a few barn swallows can be seen during the breeding season flying gracefully over the patches of common reed or smooth cordgrass along the causeway, or over the lawn south of the parking lot.  While in flight they are feeding on insects such as bees, beetles, damselflies, flies, grasshoppers, bugs.  

The appearance of man-made structures has increase their nesting possibilities.  Previously, nest sites were limited to the sheltered crevices of cliffs or shallow caves.