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Jun 10, 2017

Common Swift reaches Newfoundland.

Photo: British Birds                                                          Photo:  

I see on the latest National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) website posting that a Common Tern (Apus apus) made a surprising visit to North America in the spring of this year and was spotted by Ian Jones and Jeannine Winkel on May 20 at Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John's, Newfoundland.  This was Newfoundland's second record of a Common Swift; the first individual having appeared in July, 2016.   The May sighting was only the seventh ever of the species in North America.   The Common Swift was last seen flying with swallows on May 26.
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