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  1. A few days ago in southern Nevada.  I was birding with a friend when I heard an unusual call approaching.  I looked up and saw some swifts coming, and said to my friend... swifts straight up!  I snapped one burst of photos which was all I could get as they zoomed by in a straight line and were gone.  My friend, looking thru binos, called them Vaux, solely because they were all dark and not white-throated which are common here.  (Vaux are seen here but rarely.  I've seen ONE Vaux this year, photographed at a small lake at a park in May this year.)  Later that day, I saw on ebird that one of the top birders here had black swifts the day before at pretty much the same spot.  Looking at their range map, seems perfectly normal for them to migrate thru here.  For what it's worth, Merlin says every bird is a black swift.  Thanks!!






  2. At the time, Merlin ID'ed as yellow throated vireo.  Later I increased the volume and ran it through Merlin again, same result.  Carolina wren would be even crazier here.  🙂  As I mentioned, a yellow throated vireo WAS photographed and recorded here by several top people two days prior.  It seemed quite an incredible coincidence.  Also, I noticed on the Merlin app, under sounds for this bird, there are 4 calls, the second one sounds just like what I recorded, many fast raspy calls.

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  3. Today in southern Nevada.  Normally a yellow throated vireo would be crazy here but two days ago one was photographed by many experts here.  Today heard what I thought was a vireo calling, started Merlin and it was very sure the calling bird was a yellow throated, which seemed a very strange coincidence. I increased the volume and re-ran it through Merlin, same result.  Expected vireos here are Bell's, Cassin's, plumbeous.  Thanks


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