First White-throated Needletails reach Victoria

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Subject: First White-throated Needletails reach Victoria
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 17:43:01 +1100
The first WTNT to be seen in Vic (That I know about) for this season were seen on Cup Weekend at Genoa by Nick Day & Andrew Wegener .

Then on 22nd Nov Len Axen had 20-25 over his home in Marlo - thanks Chris Healey.

Both these sightings are in East Gippsland & stimulated me to spend the weekend out that way. On Friday I found nothing between Orbost & Bombala (NSW) or back down to Cann River on the Monaro Hwy, But they were feeding above the Large Vehicle Turnaround 400 metres N of the free camp (1 pit toilet only) at Thurra River Rest Area, which is 12 km E of Cann River on the Princes Hwy.

My wife and I found this a great spot for needletails in Jan & Feb of this year. Also saw & heard Channel-billed Cuckoos here. Ron Becker has been hearing these cuckoos for the last five years at Maramingo (7km E of Genoa). He has lived there all his life and used to send in Swift Reports to BOC in the 1950's & 60's. Now he has few swifts but Cuckoo's instead.

I also did not find WTNT at Genoa, Maramingo, Pt Hicks, Marlo or any parts in between. Then again these are early days for the current season.

Thank you to those further North who have been posting or sending privately your WTNT & FTS sightings. They are much appreciated. Still very few FTS sightings this season!

Cheers & Happy swift watching.

Michael Tarburton



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