[Tweeters] Black Swift question

Larry Schwitters lpatters at ix.netcom.com
Thu Jun 26 18:16:19 PDT 2008

Wayne and Tweeters,

We've got the number of strongly suspected Washington State Black Swift
nest sites up to 32.

Unfortunately, The American Bird Conservancy had funding for the field
research, but nothing for putting together the data.

Last summer Rich Levad of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory emailed
me, looking for information on PNW Black Swifts, to be used in a book
he was writing on the species. That was enough motivation for me to at
least get a list together of the waterfall sites that have been
evaluated and/or observed.

Shortly after completing his book "The Coolest Bird", Rich passed away.
I believe his book will soon be published, perhaps by the ABA. I
offered it to all Tweeters in electronic form a few months back. It is
truly a fine piece of work.

The data is in both the Washington and Oregon Fish and Wildlife data

There is a 66 kb file of text covering all the known nest sites in
Washington and Oregon, and 66 kb of electronic map, which could be sent
to anyone who has the interest.

The current issue (July) of BIRDER'S WORLD is running an article on
finding your lifer Black Swift. Here is a link.

Larry Schwitters

On Jun 26, 2008, at 4:30 PM, Wayne Weber wrote:

> One area that’s worth trying is the area between Marblemount and

> Newhalem in Skagit and Whatcom Counties. They are seen quite often

> here, and probably nest on cliffs nearby.


> Another approach would be to visit one of the known nesting locations

> in western WA, mostly in the Cascades—I believe there are 20 or more

> known (or strongly suspected) nesting locations in the state. I know

> that several TWEETERS took part in a survey a couple of years ago to

> find nesting sites. Are results from this online anywhere? (Wells Cr.

> Falls in Whatcom County is one location for sure that I remember.)

> However, observers should keep in mind that Black Swifts usually feed

> their young only once a day, near sunset, and that a given nesting

> location may have only 1-3 nesting pairs of swifts. It can be hard to

> find them even at known nesting sites.


> Wayne C. Weber

> Delta, BC

> contopus at telus.net




> From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu

> [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of

> wheelermombi at comcast.net

> Sent: June-25-08 2:54 PM

> To: Tweeters

> Subject: [Tweeters] Black Swift question


> Hi Tweeters,


> Do any of you have some suggested sites on the west side of the state

> in which there is a likelihood of seeing Black Swifts?


> Thanks,


> Lonnie Somer


> Olympia, WA


> wheelermombi at comcast.net

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