Fork Tailed Swifts

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Subject: Fork Tailed Swifts
From: "Bill Moorhead" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 17:51:06 +1000
Good afternoon all,
At 6am this morning at home at least 350 ForkTailed Swifts ducked and weaved in the immediate area at home in North Bundaberg.At 1 time a largish flock developed quite high.My count was 220 with numerous other smaller groups lower in other patches of the sky.
Conditions were breezeless;7/8 cloud;after11mm of overnight rain;still very humid(I was playing table tennis outside with Billy junior and the sweat was pouring off us).
They were very noisy especially low to the ground with what I would describe as a grating zit.
They stayed around for over 30mins untill heading north east as the weather started to clear from the west.
I couldn't make out any other species but with all these unusual sightings lately ,it sure makes us look a little closer.
Sally(6) was almost ready to give up birdwatching if Daddy couldn't get them slow down so she could focus on them.I asked her to try to count them as well and she said too many to count.
Also had a Black Kite near Moore Park(Bundaberg) 2 days ago.They aren't too common around here.Haven't seen the Red Goshawk again.
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