Re: Fork-tailed Swifts

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Subject: Re: Fork-tailed Swifts
From: "Greg Clancy" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2005 19:25:50 +1100
Hi all,
It is interesting to see the number of coastal NSW reports of Fork-tailed Swifts during the past week or so.  Following on from my recent observation at Woody Head, Russell Jago and I saw 5+ Fork-tailed Swifts at Lawrence yesterday, February 10.
Andrew Ley advised me that he observed 100+ at Woody Head on 11 February 1997.  This prompted me to check my records for the past 26 years.  My Fork-tailed Swift sighting are as follows:
02.01.03  1 with WTNs at Iluka NR.
29.11.02  2 with WTNs at Brooms Head.
03.12.02  18+ at Brooms Head.
06.04.98  2+ at Chaelundi SF.
03.12.96  50+ at Station Creek, Yuraygir National Park.
10.12.96  20+ at Station Creek, Yuraygir National Park.   
08.04.95  6+ at South Grafton Water Reserve.
05.11.94  1 with WTNs near Tabbimoble Crk, S of Woodburn.
18.10.94  6+ at Station Creek, Yuraygir National Park.
08.01.94  20+ with WTNs at Bobo River (Dorrigo area).
07-25.01.92   max. 150+ at Woody Head, Bundjalung National Park.
23.11.88  2 with WTNs at Station Creek, Yuraygir National Park.
12.03.88  5+ at South Grafton Water Reserve.
19.02.86  1 with WTNs at Moonee.
17.04.85  6+ at Mill Creek, Dharug National Park.
30.12.82  3+ with WTNs at Macquarie Nature Reserve, Port Macquarie.
03.02.80  3 at South Grafton.
Only 4 out of 17 records are before December 1, 4 out of 19 if you include the recent two records, and 3 of these were in November. 
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