Yesterday was another cool and rainy day here in the northwest. I tortured myself for two hours early in the morning looking for a godwit that never appeared. In the afternoon the rain slowed a bit and I took the dogs over to Mason Wetlands to wander around. From the overlook in the Mckinstry parking area I started watching the Vaux's Swifts that were flittering around with the swallows...
I don't usually pay much attention to the swifts beyond noting that they are around. But as I was watching through my binoculars I became convinced I saw a bigger one, and therefore spent a long time trying to refind it and photograph it.
In hindsight it may have just been a swift that flew closer to me than the others did. But maybe, just maybe, it was actually a Black Swift? From what I understand, these birds are possible at this time of year though definitely not common. Anyway, I took a billion photos of every swift I could focus on. I went through the photos last night and found one that almost looks like it has a notched tail, telling of a Black Swift.
But wait, is that even a swift? There's an excellent chance it is not. Perhaps a martin? Argh... Bird brain pain strikes again. Good times?