To: "Chris Hassell" <>, <>
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2003 23:33:23 +1100
Hello Adrian and other Swallow-watchers,

Those 100 Red-rumped Swallows were absolutely amazing. I found them north of Kununurra in December 1999 while I was doing research on finches. They seemed to spend most of their time perched on telegraph wires with almost as many Barn Swallows and not quite as many Martins (I can't remember which species). It was almost as though you slipped into some kind of time warp at the road intersection and ended up in Asia!

At the time I wondered whether they might be regular migrants in good numbers to the far north-west but I don't think they've turned up in numbers like that again. Still, who knows what might appear in the remoter parts of the Kimberley where there aren't any birdwatchers.


Mick Todd
Griffith, NSW

At 07:37 PM 9/01/2003 +0800, Chris Hassell wrote:
Hello everyone just thought id let you know that I spotted with Dan Blunt a Red-Rumped Swallow over the Broome Bird Observatory.
It was flying with atleast 80 Tree Martins and 10 Barn Swallows.
It hung around for approx 5min and several photos were taken.

There are very few records in W.A. and this would be only the 3rd record for Broome. We had them regularly over the Bird Observatory in the evenings for approx 2 months during December 99 till March 00. This coincided with over 100 being recorded in Kununurra.

I will have a better look tommorow as I only noticed the numbers Martins and Swallows as I was leaving the Observatory and a lot of birds had already started to head towards the mangroves where they roost.
I hope to locate a pre roost as I did in 2000 and photograph them perched.

Cheers Adrian Boyle

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