.One of the nice things about visiting Anahuac in the spring is that you're sure to see plenty of swallows. We always enjoy watching the Barn Swallows there as they swoop and dive around the old visitor center, where they build nests under the eaves. So on this visit we were surprised and disappointed to see only Tree Swallows in the area around the visitor center.
We needn't have worried, though. When we reached the area again on our way out of the refuge, a few Barn Swallows were perched on utility wires, looking very elegant indeed.
Several adult male Purple Martins on the wires looked equally debonair.
However, some juveniles perched nearby hadn't yet reached the elegant stage in either appearance or behavior.