[midvalleybirds] Re: Vaux's Swift jackpot!

Mary Garrard springazure1 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 14 10:36:18 PDT 2019

I'm sorry for not including pertinent location information in my post about
Vaux's Swifts. I am in and swift-watch in Corvallis.

Go Beavs!

Mary Garrard

On Fri, Sep 13, 2019, 9:31 PM Mary Garrard <springazure1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all, acting on a tip from Mark Baldwin, I stationed myself tonight at
> the Trip-Delta Sorority on 26th and Harrison. Sure enough, about 150-200 of
> the little birds were swirling loosely near the chimney towards sunset
> (7:28 tonight). However, just as they were getting more organized, an
> accipiter flew by at 7:36 and they spooked, scattered, and were gone for
> about 10 minutes. Then a much larger group reappeared very high, and they
> must have told lots of their friends because 980 had dropped into the
> chimney by 7:55, later than usual. It was quite the show.
> I had a nice chat with the house mom and dad and student from a fraternity
> across the street. They have been watching the show for several weeks now
> and they said this is the first year the swifts have used that particular
> chimney. Apparently, an accipiter hangs out near the chimney and and they
> have seen it catching breakfast when the swifts exit in the morning.
> Clearly there are a number of active chimneys this year, more so than
> previous years, although there are very likely to be roosts I have not
> known about. Anyone who knows of a roost being used please let me know
> because I’m keeping a list for future reference.
> Happy birding, everyone!
> Mary
> ___________
> *My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. The Dalai Lama*

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