This is a scrappy note but maybe helps towards a generality.
Most summers I see White- throated Needletails on an almost daily basis.
This summer I have seen them on only four occasions,three times during
Nov/Dec.1998, in each case a single bird The last sighting in Feb.1999, was
of a "flock'" of four W/TNs.
In the past, I have not kept any record of sightings of these birds,. just
been content to watch them sweeping across the sky.,probably the most ariel
of all creatures..... pure poetry to watch.
The sightings were made from my backyard which has wide views from North to
South through West Will keep you posted of future occurrences.
11 Carmen St
St Ives NSW 2075
> From: Dr Mike Tarburton <>
> Subject: birding-aus Bad Year for the Swifts
> Date: Friday, 21 May 1999 17:56
> Dear Mike
> You wrote:
> > It appears that except for one observer in NSW no one has made many
> > needletail swift sightings anywhere in Australia this season. This is a
> >bit of a worry,
> More than a bit of a worry I should think. Would it be worth repeating
> the above on birding aus so that anyone who hasn't sent in sightings
> would be encouraged to do so?
> Michael Norris
> Even Fork-tailed Swifts seem to have been hard to find this year, with
> reports (and that only three or four) coming from Adelaide (Tony Russel).
> Needletails appear to have been late (and few) to Canberra, Blue
> None seen in South East Melbourne, few elswhere in or around Melbourne,
> in north NSW and few in Qld.
> Please if you have found any large numbers (or any swifts at all) would
> be kind enough tolet me know of them.
> many thanks
> Mike Tarburton
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