Welcome Swallows

To: Michael Lenz <>
Subject: Welcome Swallows
From: Fleur r Leary <>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 06:01:05 +0000
I have seen only one at Crace ponds this year and that was several months ago. Over the last few years there have usually been several at this site (up to a dozen) over spring and summer.

On 16 Feb 2019, at 7:06 pm, Michael Lenz <> wrote:

For the spring/summer 2018 Welcome Swallows were not as common as in the previous 3 years. The prolonged drought appeared to have an impact on their numbers. Sites, such as the Fyshwick Sewage Farm and West Belconnen Pond had only small numbers present (at least whenever I went there). We now can verify that impression.

Over the period from End of January to April numbers were highest between 2016/2018 at the Norgrove Park/Kingston Harbour roost site.

A count, I carried out this morning gave only a total of 420 Welcome Swallows. While this may seem a large number in absolute terms, it represents only 25 to 30% of the numbers at this time of year in 2016-2018 (see Canberra Bird Notes 43 (3): 236-251).

Michael Lenz

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