Common Swift

Apus apus


This Common Swift was present in St. John’s from May 20-26, 2017 – just the second record for Newfoundland and one of only a handful for all of North America. (Photo: Jared Clarke, May 23 2017)

Status: Very Rare (<5 records)

Origins: An “Old World” species, it breeds in a variety of habitats throughout much of Europe and Asia, wintering in southern Africa. It is an exceptionally rare visitor to North America

Record Details:  Two records for Newfoundland: (1) The first was seen and photographed at Cape Race on July 12, 2016. (2) The second was a more cooperative individual, present and seen by many at Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John’s from May 20-26, 2017.

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