Migrating Welcome Swallows

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Subject: Migrating Welcome Swallows
From: "Jo Wieneke" <>
Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2001 21:08:16 +1000
Hi All,

Last Thusday at our weekly survey at the Ross River (Townsville, Nth Qld)
colony we counted over 1000 Welcome Swallows in about half an hour, flying
in a NNE direction-possibly towards the port. Lately I've seen flocks of
20-30 on wires but that is fairly normal for Townsville. Has anyone else
seen any movements of swallows lately?

The colony in the mangroves is still very active. Cattle Egret numbers have
dropped from 4000 to only a couple of hundred, but Intermediate, Great  and
Little Egrets as well as White Ibis are all breeding. Other highlights in
Townsville recently include an Oriental Cuckoo which flew through the garden
and a Little Kingfisher in the park at Rowes Bay. As reported before Sacred
Kingfishers are back/passing through, and Pied Imperial Pigeons,
Channel-bills, Koels and Dollarbills are still around.

Jo Wieneke

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