Date: 7/21/20 11:50 am From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...> Subject: [texbirds] Re: probable Blue-and-white Swallow, Hidalgo County
What a shame this has to be done. Hidalgo County could really use the economic impact this 1st US record would produce. Great find Dan. Congratulations. We are all home being envious. I will start watching the swallow flock that congregates each evening at my house with great vigor.
In the checklist below, you'll find the latest photos of the swallow from this morning. It was seen up until 8:30 AM (according to Justin LeClaire). The dainty size and blackish vent/crissum are indicative of Blue-and-white Swallow and rule out Tachycineta swallows, Tree and Mangrove among others. Dan Jones obtained flight photos that might show feather wear and molt or the lack of molt (which is to be expected on an Austral species in July and can help in subspecific ID) along with underwing plumage and tail shape. It's suspected to be the highly migratory southern race, Pygochelidon cyanoleuca patagonica
On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 12:26 PM Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...><mailto:<Fred.Collins...>> wrote:
Thanks for that. I was not aware of those restrictions. Too bad, not often a swallow will stay put.
Thanks for creating an email thread regarding this very remarkable find, if proven to be a Blue-and-white Swallow of South American origin. Yes, it was seen by multiple birders this morning. The location is a private community so a lot of us are waiting to hear whether public access will be granted and how that will work given a number of complications, most notably a shelter-in-place order in Hidalgo County.
On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 12:09 PM Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...><mailto:<Fred.Collins...>> wrote:
Any more on this bird today?