Large Flocks of Needletails

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Subject: Large Flocks of Needletails
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2004 11:19:00 +1100
Hi Birders,
While I am not the expert on Needletails (I will leave that to Mike), I do
think that Craig Williams might be being a bit pessemistic about Swift and
large flocks. He talks as if 15 years ago was the last time that large
flocks were reported,  but set out below are the  largest groups reported in
the NSW Bird Reports 1998-2002 for the last 5 years of published reports:

5000 Burrewarra Point, South Coast Region  27/1

500+ Wollemi NP (Central Tablelands) 21/2 , 150+ Arrowfield (Hunter) 2/3,
200+ Munmorah Dunes (Central Coast) 13/12

350+ West Head, Ku-ringai Chase NP (Sydney)12/2, 400+ Bateau Bay (Central
Coast) 27/12

1000 Ocean Shores (North Coast) 17/1, 500 Burrewarra Point (South Coast) Feb

300+ Awabakal NR (Hunter Region) Jan, 500+ Broulee (South Coast) Dec

The key thing is for people to keep regular and accurate reports of their
sightings and to pass them onto to people who are interested and keep
records of such matters.

Now had he mentione the decline in Fork-tailed Swifts, that I think is a
more obvious scenerio

Alan Morris
Editor, NSW Bird Report

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