[Tweeters] Swift cams

Kevin Lucas vikingcove at gmail.com
Thu Apr 16 22:56:43 PDT 2015


Mary & I were able to visit downtown Yakima this evening. With sunset at
7:51 p.m., we arrived about 7:30, hoping to see Vaux's Swifts. Looking from
the lot behind Johnson Auto Glass, we sighted our fist Vaux's Swift at 7:42
p.m., flying east of the Larson Building. At 7:57 there were 15 flying
around, and we last saw 16 of them at 8:07, flying north past the east side
of the Larson Building, perhaps towards the roost chimney at the Yakima
Herald building. A quick drive over there didn't produce any other
sightings or heard birds, just worse spotlights and noise. Next we went to
Triumph Treatment, yet noisier and with worse spotlights, and didn't see or
hear any more swifts. We did hear the cry of a Peregrine Falcon that Mary
quickly spotted atop the southeast corner of Chinook Tower, which at 168
feet is Yakima's tallest skyscraper. It slowly and thoroughly plucked, then
fed on a dark bird -- maybe a starling or Brewer's Blackbird.

Sweet dreams,
Kevin Lucas & Mary Giovanini & Nori dog
Selah, WA

On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 8:23 PM, Larry Schwitters <leschwitters at me.com>
wrote:


> Both the security cameras checking out the swifts at Monroe Wagner are

> functional and 150 Vaux's were inside the bricks mid-afternoon today for

> Curt Young's viewing pleasure. But we have live streaming issues this

> migration. Not the least of which is Sprint buying up CLEAR Wireless and

> then shutting down their towers.

>

> Larry Schwitters

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