Range of the Norther Rough-winged Swallow
The Northern Rough-winged Swallow is found in most of California
except in the southern deserts and up to the higher elevations.
Migration of the Northern Rough-winged Swallow
The Northern rough-winged swallow spends the winter in Mexico
and South America where insects are plentiful during this part of the
year. A few stranglers do overwinter in the far south east of the state
along the Colorado river and around the Salton sea.
Habitat/ Plant community used by the Northern Rough-winged
The Northern Rough-winged swallow does not require a wet area
near their nest site like the Cliff Swallow as they do not build their
nests from mud however they do seem to prefer water near by this is
probably because there are usually a high abundance of insects in these
areas. They can also be found in more arid environments as well as
Diet of the Northern Rough-winged Swallows
The Norther Rough-winged Swallow eats insects that they hawk
from the air.
How to attract the Northern rough-winged Swallow to your garden
The Northern Rough-winged swallow is hard to attract to your
garden as it eats insects and most people don't want to attract that
many insects to their garden. (Were not talking butterflies here.) We
had this couple come to our yard in search of a nesting site. They seem
to find the antic vents of our Spanish style house appealing but in the
end the found them unsuitably and left. They don't seem to like nest
boxes and prefer to nest in cavities of dirt, rather than trees.
Nesting habitat used by the Northern Rough-winged Swallows
The Northern Rough winged swallow is a cavity nester. Often
using an old hole or burrow or excavating their own in a cliff face, or
a creek or river bank. They especially like old kingfisher burrows,
drainpipes and culverts. Unlike the Cliff
Swallow the Northern rough-winged swallow often nests in a single
pair rather than in a large colony. They often line their nest holes
with soft plant material.