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Posted by: atowhee | September 21, 2014

VAUX’S SWIFT, VAUX’S SWIRL

The evening of September 19th I got the chance to show some visiting Colorado birders the Vaux’s Swift phenomenon at McNear’s Brickyard in San Rafael. I think the count that night exceeded 1519-thousand birds…plus one Kestrel who didn’t apparently catch a swift.vaux's kest

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As the light drops the swirling swifts become literally a blur to my camera:
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Rusty Scalf was tere doing his count and said the Kestrel is rarely a successful swiftp-hunter, unlike his bigger, faster cousin, the Merlin.

McNear Brick and Block, Marin, US-CA
Sep 19, 2014 6:15 PM – 7:45 PM. 6 species

White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi) 15000
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Brewer’s Blackbird (Euphagus cyanocephalus) X
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) X

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