Influx of Pallid Swifts

23 Nov 2018 Swift by Distinctly Average/Flickr

In early November 2018, the passage of ex-Hurricane Oscar introduced a strong southerly airflow from the Mediterranean to Britain. These winds brought with them an influx of swifts, with at least 30 and possibly as many as 50 Pallid Swift reported. Also, up to six Common Swift and one Little Swift were also found.

A similar influx took place in 2015, with both Common and Pallid Swift recorded in November and December. If you are lucky enough to find a late Swift, make detailed notes and take photographs if you can, as identifying Pallid Swift relies on a number of subtle plumage features.

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