Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)Image by Jamie Chavez#233I didn’t…

Posted April 8th, 2018 by John Callender

Vaux’s Swift (Chaetura vauxi)

Image by Jamie Chavez


I didn’t see the second “target species” I was looking for when I hiked the Franklin Trail today; that species is Lawrence’s Goldfinch, which I think I probably heard a couple of times during the hike but never got a look at, and I don’t know the bird well enough to list it based on what I heard.

Not to worry. I got a second completely unexpected county year bird instead: Vaux’s Swift. I love how birdwatching is like that. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve been doing it or whether I’m going for an 8-hour hike or just a stroll up the dog path with Rory; there are always surprises.

Fun fact: The name “Vaux’s” rhymes with “boxes”. I learned not long ago that I’d been not only wrong but probably pretentious by pronouncing it to rhyme with “rose” all these years. 😜

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