Sprint-tiailed Swifts

To: "" <>, Mike Tarburton <>
Subject: Sprint-tiailed Swifts
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2006 18:34:27 +1100
Dear all and Mike Tarburton

My neighbour reported a large flock of Spine-tailed Swifts hawking low over his property last Tuesday 17th January - this is south of Gloucester near Craven - GPS - 32 08 12 - 151 54 40.

Today much enjoyed watching a pair of Dollarbirds with their 3 fledglings in the trees behind my house. They are very noisy and demanding of their parents, who seem quite content to ignore the complaints and sit watching for any passing insect. The Magpie Larks are nesting for the third time this season - both taking turns to sit but she seems to sit more often. Their first nest produced 3 healthy fledged young, but the next failed after hatching - they fed for a couple of days, then deserted the nest so presumably something ate the chicks. Many other birds are around with dependent young, and the Red-browed Finch are building somewhere near - they collect dead grass heads from my garden and fly off trailing the long stems behind them. And the frogs just love this weather.

Meanwhile, I am trying to make sense of my Uganda trip diary - 19th Dec to 10th Jan. - have got to 5th Jan and over 400 ticks, but others on the trip got over 500 - those greenbuls, warblers, honeyguides, weavers, sunbirds, flycatchers and cisticolas - usually at tops of trees, in deep shade of tropical jungle or flying away fast. The animals were a relief.

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