Aleutian Terns - A BARC Question

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Subject: Aleutian Terns - A BARC Question
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2018 11:21:33 +0000

I had the pleasure of an hour or two with the Aleutian Terns at Old Bar 
yesterday.  I was travelling from Sydney to Brisbane, and it was no difficulty 
to divert the dozen km off the highway.

The terns were remarkably settled and very tolerant of people.  They only took 
to the air while I was there when some people were flying threatening shaped 
kites behind the Little Tern nesting area.

Normally when rarities are recorded in Australia, they either show up on the 
periphery, not an outrageous distance from their normal range, or as single 
birds.     The reports from Old Bar [thousands of km from their known range] 
suggest there are a potentially a dozen individuals or more - potentially a 

My question is how often has BARC recorded a flock of a species not on the 
Australian list in the southern half of the mainland?  Does this suggest a 
major shift in the distribution of Aleutian Terns or a gap in Australian 

Regards, Laurie.

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