Black Swifts over Nucla today!
- Greetings,About 10:00 AM 18 Black Swifts were hawking insects very low over Nucla for several minutes. I suspect these swifts are from the Telluride area. Yesterday there were a lot of storms in the area. Most of the San Miguel River drainage got rain. Nucla got .42 inches. The mornings after a strong monsoon in August swifts can often be found flying above the Nucla area. I suspect the insects are grounded at higher elevation. Nucla is 40 miles from the nearest known Black Swift breeding site.A few other good birds around Nucla today, lots of all four species of hummingbirds, Black Phoebe, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Canyon Wren, MacGillivray's Warbler, Brewer's Sparrow, Black-headed, Blue and Evening Grosbeak and many Lazuli Buntings. Migration is on! Between 50 and 60 species is routine this time of year, following a storm, on a walk about town.Good birding,Coen and Brenda