Hard to swallow

To: "birds" <>, "Tony Russell" <>
Subject: Hard to swallow
From: "Niven" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2001 21:04:35 +0930
you've at least pointed out something that is not apparently well 
known, and that is that Welcome Swallow is only a vagrant to the 
Top End and Kimberley. I've got only one record (a few that stayed 
around for a while) in Darwin in almost two decades. It's therefore 
less common here than Little Ringed Plover, Flock Bronzewing and 
White Wagtail to name but a few. It highlights the need for birders 
to take care that they don't make assumptions about the north-
west of the country based on their experiences in the south or 
east. Some such assumptions have in the past infiltrated the 
literature and created some misleading impressions of what's up 
here and when. 
Having said that though, your bird is clearly a Welcome Swallow, 
and is a good record for the region.
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