The long neck and long, slender wings of this species give it an elegant look. Look for a pale bar along the trailing edge of the wings. The male is easy to ID, with its long, pointed tail, white breast and neck stripe, and brown head.
Hint: The species’ name comes from the shape of the male’s tail in breeding plumage.
Whether you’re new to backyard birding or are a lifelong bird watching enthusiast, you’re sure to find the information in this booklet-length PDF to be extremely useful. It’s a resource you’ll want to consult every year when summer comes to a close.