Subject: Swifts
From: Ian Fraser <>
Date: Thu, 02 Feb 2006 20:58:31 +1100
Just when I'd decided that my southside colleagues were being totally self-indulgent, they relented and released the swifts to those of us waiting (barely) patiently north of the lake.

From 1930 - 2015 the sky was 'on again off again' full of F-t Ss over Turner. They were impossible to count with any confidence - a single bird would swing across the entire visible sky and beyond. At the peak there were probably at least 50 at once. The general trend, though very inconsistent, was to the north, though the sky would empty to the west or east, then more would appear from the south, so it was impossible to say if it was a steady S-N movement or they were swinging in large circles.

Whichever, it was very fine indeed (as Geoff Duggan has already nicely expressed), particularly since I've been waiting here for them since 1986!

Not a single Spine-tailed/Needletail did I see.

stay warm, all!


Ian Fraser,  
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