There are six subspecies of Barn Swallow, which breed across the Northern Hemisphere. Four are strongly migratory, and their wintering grounds cover much of the Southern Hemisphere as far south as central Argentina.
Barn Swallow chicks
Barn Swallow in a nest
The swan was seen as a traditional symbol of beauty and grace in ancient Greece, and was sacred to Aphrodite,
and to Apollo, the god of music (among other things), in Greek mythology.
People at this time, believed that the swan sang a sweet and beautiful song when people died.
The swan song was supposed to be the most beautiful song the bird had ever sung.
In the United States, the swan is a symbol of peace and tranquility.
The swans are closely associated with many Native American peoples.
It is actually connected to one of the most sacred mysteries
of the Lakota/Dakota religion, in which the swan acts as a messenger of faith.