Karl Overman: Birds and more

 
 

For decades I have been driving south from Michigan to Marco Island, Florida to spend a couple of weeks thawing out from Michigan winters.  Once in a while there is a rare bird staked out along the way that tempts me to deviate ever so slightly as a speed down I-75.  One year it was a Yellow-billed Loon in Georgia and another year it was a Broad-billed Hummingbird in Georgia.  So when I noticed that the improbable stray of White-throated Swift was being seen and seen regularly in Tennessee, I just had to try for it.  The species ranges over a wide area of the western U.S. but almost never strays to the eastern U.S.  Michigan has one record, a specimen taken in Hillsdale in August of 1926.  Four observers saw one at Ottawa NWR in Ohio on April 2, 2006.  One was found dead November 7, 1988 in Cape Giradeau, Missouri and there are four records from western Arkansas.  As for the Tennessee bird I saw, it was present from January 10th to the 16th.

White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis)

modified March 10, 2022