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  1. Yes. You are correct. We were able to identify the bird but I completely forgot about this website.
  2. I will admit I considered Swifts, but you're right it doesn't have white on its belly. It has a totally black belly. I think it has white on its head. I will look at it tomorrow and take notes. Oh and the Common Nighthawk call doesn't sound like what I heard.
  3. The bird I saw didn't look like a Common Nighthawk at all and did not fly like it did in the videos in that link. The bird I saw was literally solid black with bits of white on it. I will try to snap some good photos of it in the future. Thank you for replying!
  4. Hello. Today my dad showed me a bird he spotted in the morning. There seems to be a group of them living in the neighbours field. The field is basically a slough, with long grass and other plants growing in the water. Some spots have clear, open water. In recent years my family has started to see a lot more birds, and it appears that there are some birds we've never seen here before. I think this bird is one of the species that has made this area its new home (or maybe I am only noticing it now because we have taken more of an interest in birds). We live in Alberta, Canada, and our area is kind of known for its wetlands and fields. I can say that it is not too small. Maybe closer to medium sized, but definitely not as big as a crow. I would say it's not a songbird. The bird has a jet black body with some bits of white on it. The underside of the wings appear to be grey, but I could be wrong. The tails are shaped like a skinny fan. The wings are thin and slightly angular. It has only been seen flying over the slough and it seems to be a fan of water as it flew over the road to a dugout. I saw it fly really high in the sky in groups, but a lot of them like to fly lower too. Something they do often is fly around, perhaps scanning the water, and then they stop and simply hover for a moment. At times one would fly to the edge of the road, close enough for us to get a clear enough view, and it would simply hover there. I think it was probably watching us. The noise it makes is similar to a squeak, and it makes a lot of noise. At some point a bird would fly in front of us and make lots of loud squeaking noises. We weren't really able to get some good pictures, despite the fact that some of the birds would get pretty close to us! I got a video of it but the person who took it had some kind of slow motion thing on. I am really sorry about the lack of information. I only made an account because we've been struggling to identify this bird. I have NEVER seen that bird anywhere in my province and I have never seen one like it. IMG_0776.MOV
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