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White-throated Swifts/Purple martins

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  • Bob Keiffer
    Friday - 10 June 2005 - today I conducted my Breeding Bird Survey on the Branscomb Road. There was nothing too exceptional... one Yellow-breasted Chat
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 10, 2005
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      Friday - 10 June 2005 - today I conducted my Breeding Bird Survey on the Branscomb Road. There was nothing too exceptional... one Yellow-breasted Chat singing new the Red Rock Casino sign. The Purple Martins (minimum of four birds) are still nesting in the snags at mp 0.52. Four more Purple martins were at the Juan Creek Bridge.

      Afterwards I ventured to Covelo to look for the Sage Thrasher with no luck. However, on the way in I stopped at the Dos Rios Covelo Road bridge and immediately heard White-throated Swifts. I watched up to five birds flying to and from the NE underside of the bridge ...maybe parents with fledglings? although they all looked the same in flight. This was about noon and I was able to watch them at eye level about 30 feet away from the Poonkinney/Dos Rios road. Bob Keiffer

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    • Barbara E. Dolan
      Bob Keiffer, et. al. Mendobirders, I followed up on the White-throated Swifts at the 15.08 mm at the Covelo-Dos Rios Bridge. At 2PM on 6-19-05 I had one right
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 20, 2005
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        Bob Keiffer, et. al.
        Mendobirders, I followed up on the White-throated Swifts at the 15.08 mm
        at the Covelo-Dos Rios Bridge. At 2PM on 6-19-05 I had one right away.
        I had flybys of a single bird about 4 Xs in the next hour . Then a
        second bird joined the flybys and at the south west direction the pair
        did some tumbling. It was thrilling to see them at this level at the
        river edge and at eye level. These black and white torpedos are
        awesome from this vantage point. You can appreciate the color contrast
        on the sides, their aerodynamic shape, and speed in flight. The last
        time I saw them was looking up only , and that was 1997 so this was a
        real treat.
        Bob, if you will ,add to my Mendo List. Thanks and good birding. Barbara
        Dolan
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        From: Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Mendobirds@yahoogroups.com] On
        Behalf Of Bob Keiffer
        Sent: Friday, June 10, 2005 9:55 PM
        To: Mendobirds
        Subject: [Mendobirds] White-throated Swifts/Purple martins

        Friday - 10 June 2005 - today I conducted my Breeding Bird Survey on the
        Branscomb Road. There was nothing too exceptional... one
        Yellow-breasted Chat singing new the Red Rock Casino sign. The Purple
        Martins (minimum of four birds) are still nesting in the snags at mp
        0.52. Four more Purple martins were at the Juan Creek Bridge.

        Afterwards I ventured to Covelo to look for the Sage Thrasher with no
        luck. However, on the way in I stopped at the Dos Rios Covelo Road
        bridge and immediately heard White-throated Swifts. I watched up to
        five birds flying to and from the NE underside of the bridge ...maybe
        parents with fledglings? although they all looked the same in flight.
        This was about noon and I was able to watch them at eye level about 30
        feet away from the Poonkinney/Dos Rios road. Bob Keiffer

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