White-throated Needletails Are still in Eastern Australia

To: Marie Tarrant <>
Subject: White-throated Needletails Are still in Eastern Australia
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 19:22:16 +1100
Thanks Marie

For observing and sharing what you saw . . .  a good sized flock.   I am only getting single birds and pairs in Victoria now. Did you all see that Demetrios Bertzeletos saw WTNT heading through Surfside in Sth NSW and counted / estimated 6,000 over a 2 hour period.  This would be a hugh proportion of the total population I would think.  Did the rain put that many together?  It was 1970 the last time we had flocks of that size or more.

Hope all of you see some over the next week.


Mike Tarburton.

On 25 Mar 2021, at 6:01 pm, Marie Tarrant <> wrote:

Hello Michael and Birding-ausers - in response to your recent email

White-throated Needletails (Thursday 25/3/2021)
This morning at 8.35am I recorded an estimated 100 White-throated Needletails hawking low and fast overhead at Rosenthal Heights, a rural locality in the Southern Downs Region of Qld (-28.27003 152.00694).  I was driving and so pulled over to view them for several minutes.

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