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Nick Escott

650 Alice Ave.

Thunder Bay ON P7G 1W9

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From: Brian Ratcliff [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: October 31, 2010 11:18 AM
To: 'Nicholas Escott'
Subject: RE: Cave Swallow in Minnesota


Nick: Could you forward this report. I have updated it with a couple of other sightings. Brian



On Thursday Oct. 28, I saw a swallow (about 11:40 am) about 500 metres south of Judge C.R. Magney State Park entrance, on Hwy 61. I did not get a good look at it but I assumed it was a Cliff or Cave Swallow. On Saturday Oct. 30, about 12:30 pm as I returned to Thunder Bay, about 1 km south of where I saw the bird on Thursday, another swallow was flying over the road. This was a Cave Swallow as it did not have a white patch over the eyes and had a buffy coloured throat patch. I have seen these birds in Texas years ago and I’m confident that it was one. I see on the OntBirds website that a number are also showing up in southern Ontario.


There was also a red-necked grebe at Grand Marais on Oct. 28, and a female black-backed woodpecker along the Devil Track River Trail east of Grand Marais on Oct. 30.



Brian Ratcliff


Brian Ratcliff

307 Dog Lake Road

Thunder Bay, ON

P7G 2G2


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