Recent swift sightings

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Subject: Recent swift sightings
From: Thomas Wilson <>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2015 12:13:06 +1100
Hi all
While I send details of my more run-of-the-mill swift sightings to Mike 
Tarburton at the end of the season, I've had a couple recently that I think are 
worth sharing:
30 Dec at about 9am at the RTA rest area on the F3 at Ourimbah (NSW Central 
Coast) was a big (my estimate 400+) flock of WT Needletails, circling in a 
tight column with lowest birds just above treetops but the highest birds only 
just visible to the naked eye.
2 Jan at 11:30am at my house (North Turramurra, Sydney) a group of 30 or so WT 
Needletails that hung around for 20 minutes and included several pairs (and 
even one group of 3 birds) doing synchronised flying.  There were birds in this 
group calling as well and they were low (rooftop height).
No For-tailed Swifts in either group that I could discern.
Cheers & best wishes to all for a 2015 full of good birds.
Tom Wilson 
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