English and Scientific names:

Vaux's Swift (Probable) Chaetura vauxi

Number of individuals: 


Locality: LOUISIANA: 

East Baton Rouge


Specific Locality:

City Park Lakes off I10

Date(s) when observed:

February 25, 2004

Time(s) of day when observed:  

5 pm


Reporting observer and address:

Rosemary Seidler


Shreveport, LA



Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Vicki LeFevers



Light conditions:

dusk but easily identified as "flying cigars"

Optical equipment: 

could be seen well without bins.  Also used Swarowski 10x


Distance to bird(s): 

150 feet 

Duration of observation:

on and off for about 5 minutes


urban park on a lake.


Behavior of bird: 

Bird would fly high then swoop down close to the water.  Seemed to be catching bugs.


    Cigar shaped.  Very rapid wing beat.  With nothing to compare them to they looked like Chimney Swift.



Their vocalizing definitely did not sound like Chimney Swift.


Similar species:

Chimney Swift and some other small swift species.  Vaux's seems most probably.



Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

None obtained


Previous experience: 

Seen in Nevada.


Identification aids: 

at time of observation:

Sibley, National Geo


Notes made after the observation? 



Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 


Positive that they were not Chimney Swift.




Rosemary Seidler


Date and time: 

March 11, 2004


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