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White-rumped Swift in Yorks - Breaking news from RBA (4.40pm 14 Oct)

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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 16:23   #1
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RBA Icon Pacific Swift in Yorks - Breaking news from RBA (4.12pm 14 Oct)

Breaking news from Rare Bird Alert: Pacific Swift in Yorkshire.

BBRC and IRBC stats from RBA's Previous Records Online:

There are 7 accepted records of Pacific Swift in Britain and 0 in Ireland.
The most recent published record for Yorks was in 2013

RBA's Previous Records (new) has all the records and a wealth of stats and analysis for this and other rarities recorded in Britain and Ireland


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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 16:28   #2
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Old Sunday 14th October 2018, 16:43   #3
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Now probable white-rumped swift.
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Now considered more likely to be White-rumped Swift by observers on site.

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RBA Icon White-rumped Swift in Yorks - Breaking news from RBA (4.40pm 14 Oct)

Breaking news from Rare Bird Alert: White-rumped Swift in Yorkshire.


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As i've not seen either Pacific or White rumped Swift for more years than i care to think about....how the hell do you tell these species apart [for defo]...?

Fumbling around for informative identification literature and coming up with not a lot...
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White-rumped Swifts are dainty little things
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I believe c30% smaller with white-edged secondaries, and with yesterday’s Southerly winds...a contender?
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Ha....i'm not sure that 'dainty' will cut the identification mustard but thanks anyway...
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Ha....i'm not sure that 'dainty' will cut the identification mustard but thanks anyway...
Of course o photo showing the white-tipped secondaries would clinch it for BBRC I reckon. In direct comparison in the field they feel lighter weighted than say RR Swallow and loads smaller than Common Swift - so size should really alert one. Even lone birds just feel smaller than CS I've seen them many times - pet bird!
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I believe c30% smaller with white-edged secondaries, and with yesterday’s Southerly winds...a contender?
As much as 30% smaller...hhmmm didn't think it was as much as that but hey i haven't checked. Relative size on an isolated bird difficult to ascertain i would have thought...plus would white tipped secondaries have worn off by now...?

Either way up i think you are right that, what with recent weather conditions, that white rumped would be a good candidate....we shall see or not...1

Hopefully some pix to come...
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Of course o photo showing the white-tipped secondaries would clinch it for BBRC I reckon. In direct comparison in the field they feel lighter weighted than say RR Swallow and loads smaller than Common Swift - so size should really alert one. Even lone birds just feel smaller than CS I've seen them many times - pet bird!
This bird will defo look smaller now as apparently its just gone further away...[sorry...had to say it]...
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Then get the scopes on it! Its surprising just how far away one these can be convincing.

(that's enough for me - I'm getting stage fright looking at just how many folk are on this thread)
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with rather lovely white edged secondaries!
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Wow...[that's all i can say at the moment]...!!!
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Apparently gone off up high according to Lee...
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Still present c 18:10.......
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[quote=username;3775719]Apparently gone off up high according to Lee...[/QUOTE

Is Lee still putting roadkill out for the Therfield Pallid Harrier just in case it comes back!
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Any observers able to say what it did after the 18.10 sighting? Ta
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Sounds like no-one has seen it go to roost. Is that correct?
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Sounds like no-one has seen it go to roost. Is that correct?
May seem ignorant but do they go to roost or stay on the wing ?
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May seem ignorant but do they go to roost or stay on the wing ?
I would imagine the latter when not nesting.
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At the Little Swift twitch a few year ago at New Brighton, not only was the Little Swift roosting on a window sill, but even a few Common Swift were too, which I found a little surprising - perhaps due to poor weather.
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