Massed martins

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Subject: Massed martins
From: "Birds of Perth" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002 22:46:45 +0800
On 30.01.01 at 16:45-17:30 we saw massive flocks of Welcome Swallow and Tree
Martins with a few Fairy Martin and many Rainbow Bee-eater covering the sky
over Bayswater Bird Sanctuary in Perth WA. They were perched over every
space of powerline/antenna or fenceline. This coincided with cyclones up
north, and it was a very humid and overcast day. We assumed either the birds
were amalgamating before migration or there was an excess of food
available - although this was not obvious to us. Also have noticed martins
roosting under Garrett Road Bridge in Maylands in the hundreds on a few
occasions but I have not been down that way since last August, and I did not
see them then (because it was winter!!!).

- CS

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