[House Swifts] on S.A./Vic border

Subject: [House Swifts] on S.A./Vic border
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 12:18:24 +1100
    John Berggy has decided that his birds were Swiftlets NOT House Swifts and after a study of Australian and overseas literature has concluded that they were White-rumped Swiftlets. Firstly they were too small, (wingspan half that of the Needletails) and the rump was pale not white. His field sketch shows a rear-end shape like that of a Needletail with the notation "stubby wedgy tail". 
    He returned to the site on 16 March when weather conditions were again suitable for Swifts but found no Swiftlets or Needletails. Instead there were 100 Fork-tailed Swifts.
    The report will appear on an Atlas sheet and will therefore be vetted by the Victorian Records Appraisal Committee. If accepted it will be the first record for Victoria. I know of no previous claims.
    Peter Barrand has spent every day except two since Xmas watching Needletails but no other Swifts, from a fire tower 50 km from Nelson. One of those days was the day of John Berggy's observation! 
                                    Mike Carter 
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