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Observed: 11th May 2012 By: creaturesnappercreaturesnapper’s reputation in Birdscreaturesnapper’s reputation in Birdscreaturesnapper’s reputation in Birdscreaturesnapper’s reputation in Birds
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Description:

I watched these Swifts for ages and they appear to be mating on the wing,tricky business.

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ophrys's picture

Swifts

Something about the long, pointed wing in the second picture says Common Swift, but these are very tricky to tell apart. I can't get enough detail on the pics, when blown up, to see any scaling or eye patch...etc to be certain of Pallid. You may well be right, but I find it hard to agree.

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swift

The only reason I thought Pallid rather than Common was the size ,there were larger birds flying with them.

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Size

Size is very similar and certainly they can overlap, so it is not a useful criterion. If there were noticeably bigger birds with them, those may have been Alpine Swifts?

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Alpine Swift is huge and with

Alpine Swift is huge and with a very noticable white patches - Pallid Swifts are really hard to pick out and although I|'m not entirely certain I'd be inclined to think the birds pictured are Common Swift