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#ABArare – Common Swift – Newfoundland

On the evening of Saturday, May 19, Ian Jones and Jeannine Winkel discovered an ABA Code 5 Common Swift at Quidi Vidi Lake in St, John’s Newfoundland. This is only the 7th record of the species in the ABA Area, and the second in as many years in Newfoundland.

Quidi Vidi Lake is north of center-city St John’s. The bird has been seen feeding with swallows above the surface of the lake for two days now. It is reported to be easiest to see on the southeast side of the lake, from the boardwalk east of the boat house off of Clancey Rd.

There are six previous records of Common Swift from the ABA Area: two from St. Paul Island, Alaska (1950 and 1986), and individuals from from St. Pierre and Miquelon (1986), California (2013), Quebec (2014) and a previous record for Newfoundland in 2016. There are also five accepted records of swifts accepted only to the genus Apus, which are thought to likely be Common Swifts: Massachusetts (1995, 1996, and 2005), Pennsylvania (1996), and St. Pierre and Miquelon (2006).

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