Where have the Swifts gone?

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Subject: Where have the Swifts gone?
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 12:22:51 +1000
G'day B-aussers

It appears that White-throated Needletails have all (or almost all?) left Australia. At the moment the last records I have are from Victoria on 1st and 3rd of April.

Fork-tailed (Pacific) Swifts are still in the NT, with a number of sightings around Darwin, but at the same time they are the first I have records of as reaching South Korea. Ten were seen on the tenth April by Nial Moores - his first for the season.

So if you have any records for the 2011-12 season please send them to me or publish them where I can find them, so I can fill out their behaviour and continue to document their decline.

Many thanks & Happy birding

Michael Tarburton



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