Re: birding-aus No Swifts & Many Swifts

Subject: Re: birding-aus No Swifts & Many Swifts
From: "Carol Probets" <>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 01:54:44 PST

Dear Mike,

Thanks for posting the report, it's good to know how one's sightings 
compare with those in other areas. 

Yesterday evening (16th Feb) I watched our first decent-sized flock of 
White-throated Needletails all season. Between 7.20 and 7.40pm I counted 
65 all flying south over my house (Katoomba NSW) at a rate of 
approximately 3 per minute. They may have been going over earlier than 
that, but definitely stopped at 7.40pm, except for one lone bird which 
flew north very low (below treetop height) at 8.00pm.

At last, they might be on their way to Victoria.


>White-throated Needletail
>This species appears to have arrived very late to Victoria and in much
>smaller numbers than usual.  One observer in E. Gippsland who usually 
>many sightings on most days in December, had only one by the end of
>January.  The only other sighting I have for Victoria is of 30 at
>Wurdiboluc (Richard Dilena).  In fact I searched an area near 
>and for only the second time ever, never found any needletails.  They 
>usually there.  Did they breathe in too much ash over Indonesia on 
>way to Siberia, last year?
>At Katoomba in NSW, where Carol Probets usually sees many as do her 
>Bird Observers, they have made only three records this season.  These 
>only been small numbers, 3, 2, & 12 between 26 December and 28 January.  
>the other hand about 25 km to the NE Keith Brandwood has made many
>sightings this season, providing me with the most records from anybody 
>far, this season.

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