Its raining swifts
"Graham Turner" <>
Wed, 6 Dec 2006 11:50:04 +1100
Well Needletails (if you insist) actually, but swifts sounds better.
I've seen more swifts today than I have for the last 2 or 3 years. All
sightings around western and north western Sydney. Perfect conditions for
finding needletails with high cloud and little breeze.
First birds were at lapstone (lower Blue Mountians) 55 km west of the CBD at
08:45. I saw 30+ birds at various heights, some down low feeding? and others up
high doing the swift equivalent of loafing.
I was impressed with this, my third sighing for the year, as many sightings as
I'd had all season last year.
But I saw a shadow pass over the road at 10:00am at Baulkham Hills (26 km NW of
CBD and 30 km from previous sigthing, as the swift flies) so I pilled over and
here were 15+ birds feeding low in a very loose flock.
At 10: 25 I saw another 5+ birds at Carlingford (Pennant Hills road / North
Rocks road) being only 6 km east of the previous sighting maybe it was the same
birds, but who knows.
The next 20 were at Ermington (between Victoria Rd and the Parramatta river on
Silverwater road) 6km south and 5 minutes later.
So its either one big flock or they are one the move.
And now back in the office at Ashfied the only things flying over are big and
white with a red tail (at $5:15+ go you good thing!)
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