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RE: [CALBIRDS] Which swift in LaCanada?

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  • Kimball Garrett
    Kay, In early November you really only have two choices -- the two species you mentioned. And since the fall passage of Vaux s has essentially passed, any
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 3, 2007

      In early November you really only have two choices -- the two species you mentioned. And since the fall passage of Vaux's has essentially passed, any Vaux's flocks now are likely to be wintering (such winter flocks are most often encountered around riverbottoms in the San Gabriel Valley but also locally in the L. A. basin, coast, and other valleys).

      I'm not sure how you eliminated White-throated (by far the most likely species) -- in the distance in many lighting conditions you can watch White-throateds for a long time and not see any white on them. In those situations they are best identified by their shape -- long wings appearing to be inserted far foreward on the body, and a fairly long tail usually carried in a point or double point (but can be fanned to the point of looking square). White-throated Swifts are especially numerous in the La Canada area -- the 2/210 interchange is great for them, and that's only about a mile from Descanso Gardens. I don't believe there are any records of the other two swift species in the Los Angeles region in November.

      I don't know if the above is of any help, but in any case, thanks for posting something actually about birds and birding instead of about listserve regulations! As to the other discussion raging on Calbirds, I have just two words: "delete key."


      Kimball L. Garrett
      Section of Ornithology
      Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
      900 Exposition Blvd.
      Los Angeles, CA 90007


      From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Kay Loughman
      Sent: Sat 11/3/2007 2:15 PM
      To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [CALBIRDS] Which swift in LaCanada?

      I am visiting in southern California and was birding this morning at
      Descanso Gardens in LaCanada. Saw a large number of swifts, very high
      up. They didn't appear to be White-throated, and weren't as fluttery as
      I expect for Vaux. Can someone local suggest what species is most
      likely there? Thanks,

      Kay Loughman
      usually in Berkeley

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