birding-aus Welcome Swallows

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From: NHudson <>
Date: Thu, 18 Nov 1999 16:34:52 +1030
I've observed the same thing with "our" Welcome Swallows. They also stay
in much later in inclement weather. They're not silly, are they?

Anne and other Welcome Swallow observers,
When Welcome Swallows are milling around in groups and feeding on the wing 
I have noticed that occasionally two birds "kiss" in a manner which 
suggests a transfer of food. Would this be feeding young, part of a bonding 
ritual or "mutual admiration"?
Do you have any thoughts or can you suggest any appropriate references?
Neville Hudson
Seacombe Heights

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