re: missing migrants

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Subject: re: missing migrants
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2010 07:38:36 +1100
Morning all birders on Birding-Aus

It was interesting to get back from a pelagic out of Eden to catch up on this thread. It was even more interesting to see that no one mentioned Fork-tailed Swifts or White-throated Needletails.

I have received sightings of FTS from WA, NT, & Qld, but apart from a probable wintering bird, I have only heard of a dribble of WTNT from Qld. Nothing from NSW. Data to hand clearly show a significant decline for the later species Australia-wide.

The good news is that on Wednesday I saw 2 WTNT at Thurra River Rest Area (11 km E of Cann R. Vic). I watched all day at this reliable site but that is all I saw. I also spent a day and a bit at Yellow Pinch Dam Rest Area (W of Merimbula, NSW) - a fairly reliable site but scored zero.

So they have reached Vic but not NSW?

As usual all sightings sent to me will be acknowledged & appreciated.

Cheers & Happy Birding


Michael Tarburton



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