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Tierrasanta swifts

Following Mark’s message this afternoon, I drove down to Clairemont Mesa Blvd. and 15, where I saw 3 or 4 swifts flying in the distance. The flight pattern — slow, shallow wingbeats — was good for black swifts, but they were too far to be sure. They soon disappeared, and I gave up. But as I drove off, a large, dark, bulky swift flew close by at eye  level. Unfortunately, it disappeared before I could get binoculars on it. Renewing my search, I saw a few swifts across the freeway over the Kaiser hospital. Fighting rush hour traffic, I drove over only to discover that those swifts were white throated.  So, maybe I saw black swifts, maybe I didn’t. Darn birds. 

Dennis Parker

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