ONE RED-RUMPED SWALLOW with+/-20 Barn Swallows at Lower Daintree FNQ yes

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Subject: ONE RED-RUMPED SWALLOW with+/-20 Barn Swallows at Lower Daintree FNQ yesteday
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2018 03:27:50 +0000
Hello all,

the lone Red-rumped Swallow is still here on the very same wires where I first 
found it on Thurs 21/12/17.

I was checking out the site from 5:15pm-6pm yesterday, and it was nice to see 
it still there - I was beginning to think that it had moved on elsewhere having 
not seen it for about a week.

Evidently, it's been there the whole time, and I had just missed it, and it was 
most likely on the wing nearby at the other times this past week that I had 
checked for it.

it seems very settled, and I would expect/hope it to stay there with the other 
swallows and martins for about another month.
well, hopefully anyway!

from memory, last season the 30+ Barn Swallows departed the Newell Beach site 
sometime mid-late Feb, so hopefully a similar departure date may occur again 
this season with the Barns, and the Red-rump follows suite.

well, hopefully...??!!

I think it's pretty likely these Barns would be the same individuals as last 
season, as regular checks of the 2017 Newell Beach site have still revealed no 
Barns at all.

but having said that, now is about the time of January that we got the Barns 
arriving at Newell Beach last season, so who knows, maybe there is still more 
Barns (& hopefully, more Red-rumps too!!) to arrive in the coming days...

last evening's total swallow count perched on the wires at the site was:
1 Red-rump, adult;
14 Barn, adults, & imms/juvs;
4 Welcome, adults;
2 Tree Martin, adults;
19 Fairy Martin, adults, & juvs.

cheers for now,

martin cachard,

solar whisper wildlife cruises,
daintree river,

& trinity beach, cairns
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