Chimney Swift

Chaetura pelagica

ML89985251



eBird Checklist S43698452
Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.)
Santa Barbara, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 33.4758, -119.0357 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags
Field notes/sketch; No bird;

Media notes

Observation details

I first saw one bird over Signal Peak at 4:25 p.m. and got excellent looks as it once came by within 3 feet and knee high and circled within 15 feet several times. I alerted Ken [Briggs] and he saw 2 together at 5:30 p.m. At 6:00 p.m. I saw 4 swifts in the distance and at 6:30 p.m. I got good looks at 3 together several times. At 8:00 p.m., when nearly dark, I again had 3 together, and one of them called -- a typical Chimney Swift twitter. They were about the same size as the Bank Swallows that were with them, perhaps a little larger (definitely not smaller), but with longer wings and shorter tail. They soared often and sometimes for long durations (soaring was roughly 1/3 and flapping 2/3 of flying time). They occasionally soared in tandem this way. In appearance they were dark sooty-brown, almost blackish, with lighter rump, throat, and upper breast. The throat was slightly lighter than the rump, but nevertheless ashy gray-brown.

Technical Information

Model
COOLPIX P900
f-stop
f/3.2
Focal length
5.4 mm
Shutter speed
1/2000 sec
ISO
100
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
1,603KB
Dimensions
2150 x 3161

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