Fork-tailed Swift 2008/9 Report

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Subject: Fork-tailed Swift 2008/9 Report
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Sun, 21 Feb 2010 22:30:40 +1100
 Fork-tailed Swift (Apus pacificus ) Report for 2008/09 Season.
[Summary of 101 sightings sent to me or published where I could find them]

In this season I was sent or was able to glean nearly twice as many records as in the previous season. The first two sightings were from WA. They were seen at the Yalgoo Caravan Park on 8th September and at the Sandstone Caravan Park the following day.

It was then a whole month before Niven McCrie saw 30 at Buffalo Creek in the NT. On 23 to 25 October George Swann saw one or two on West Island, Ashmore Reef.

BA Atlas # 8815 was the first to report any from NSW - being 60 birds over the Warrego River on 31 October.

It was 7 Nov before the first Qld report came through - 28 birds seen at Croydon Roadhouse.

The first SA report was of 20 birds at Flinders Univ, on the edge of Adelaide, (12 Dec) but I do not know who it was that saw them - can someone fill me in please?

A week before that, Richard Stevens & BOCA members saw some at Port Fairy to claim the first known sighting for Vic.

The first report from ACT was by Geoffrey Dabb who saw some at Mt Taylor 8 March.

I have no reports from Tas. for last season.

The last sightings I have were both on 26 April when Adrian Boyle saw some at Cape Leveque Lighthouse in WA and Anon saw some on the Marrakai Track in NT. The few that Fiona Douglas saw at Nightcliff in Darwin may have been over-wintering birds.

Of the 101 sightings I know of, 20 were made in NSW (14 up on last year), 25 in the NT (23 up on last year), 41 in Qld (up 27), 4 in SA (down 13), 6 in Vic (down 4), 2 in ACT and 11 in WA.(up 7).

I thank the following contributors: BA Atlas (10 records), BASNA (7), Greg Bortolussi (1), Adrian Boyle (3), Keith Brandwood (1), Mike Carter & Richard Baxter (5), Carl Corden (1), Chris Dahlberg (1), David Cook (1), John Cox (1), Geoffrey Dabb (1), Terry Dennis (1), Fiona Douglas (6), Derek Engel & Paul Burcher (1), Tony Eales (1), Jan England (1), Tom Fletcher (1), Trevor Ford (2), Ross Gallardy (1), Marc Gardner (6), Alan Gillanders (5), Phil Gregory (1), Nicholas Hass, (1), Maria Havens (1), Frank Hemmings (1), Peter Higgins (1), Dion Hobcroft (4), Katrina Knight (1), Russel Lamb (2), Helen Macarthur (2), Niven McCrie (2), Colin Reid & Stuart Warren (1), Sonja Ross (1), Tony Russell (1), Richard Stevens (1), George Swann (2), Mike Tarburton (3), Bill Moorhead (3), Nature Territory (8), Desley Williams (2), Denis Wilson (1), Tom Wilson (1), the Wallaces (1), Sharon Wormleaton (1),

Cheers & happy swift watching.

Michael Tarburton



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