Re: birding-aus Needletails

Subject: Re: birding-aus Needletails
From: "jon wren" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 04:23:16 PST
Gooday all,
Paul mentioned the difficulty in estimating numbers of Swifts
"They are pretty
difficult to count when some are well up in the sky and others are wooshing
by a metre from your head"

Recently I viewed a large flock of Fork-tailed Swifts at Bowen. I gave a very liberal estimate of 400 birds. David James then mentioned a flock of FtS in the Townsville region that numbered 2000. After reading this report and taking into consideration my comments in my original report I would have to agree that estimating Swift numbers is a difficult task. With this in mind I wish to state that the number of birds present at Bowen would have been well in excess of 1500 birds.

Jon Wren
PO Box 868
Bowen (Climate Capital of Australia)
Queensland Australia 4805
Phone 07 4786 2614H Mobile 0412 789 285

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