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Like Portland, like L.A. – Swifts!

October 2, 2014
Audubon Center at Debs Park's photo.

Clouds of chimney-seeking swifts (from LAAS facebook page)

Some of our readers may have witnessed the great September gathering of Vaux’s Swifts at an elementary school in Portland that has become a big event as the birds descend for the night.   A few years ago, Los Angeles birders discovered a local stopping place where we can see the excitement.   Swift migration is on!   Friday, 3 October, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.   This is one event no LA bird enthusiast should miss.   The Audubon Center at Debs Park is partnering with the Santa Monica Mountain Park Rangers to view a rare spectacle in the sky over downtown Los Angeles.   At dusk, thousands of migrating Vaux’s Swifts – small, cigar-shaped birds with crescent wings – will cloud around one of the old brick chimneys on Broadway.   When a couple of birds finally take the plunge, the rest of the flock will literally pour down the chimney and disappear for the night.   This “swoop” of swifts is a rare treat, even rarer still in the urban environment of downtown Los Angeles.

WHEN: Friday, 3 October, between 6 & 7:30PM.
WHERE: Join us at one of two locations:
1) Top Floor of Joe’s Auto Park 440 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. Parking is $5.50, please park below level 5.
2). Spring Street Park 426 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles.
Audubon Staff, park rangers, and volunteers will be on site to share information, binoculars, etc. The event is free of charge. All ages are welcome.
BRING: A picnic, binoculars if you have them, and something to sit on.

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