White-throated Needletails (Re: missing migrants)

Subject: White-throated Needletails (Re: missing migrants)
From: Brian Hawkins <>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2010 23:04:06 -0700 (PDT)
G'day Mike and Birding Oz,

I have two records of White-throated Needletails for the season so far, both 
from here at Boggy Creek, west of Bellingen in northern NSW:

20 birds at dusk on October 5th (coinciding with a winged termite emergence)

50 birds in late afternoon on October 24th (possibly including some Fork-tailed 
Swifts, but all the birds I got a good look at were WTNTs)


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Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2010 07:38:36 +1100
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Subject: re: missing migrants
To: Birding Aus <>
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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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