G'day Mike My last record for the season for any migratory swifts up here was
on 10/04/12 in Cairns of quite a number of Fork-tailed Swifts, all heading in a
SE direction. This is the first season where I haven't had ANY
White-throated Needletails on the Cairns lowlands, not sure if anyone else here
has had any?? I have seen Fork-taileds on fewer occasions this season here,
although in some very very high numbers. I've attached my records for the
season herewith for you. Cheers Martin Cachard Cairns 0428 782 808
> Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 12:22:51 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Where have the Swifts gone?
> 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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Swift sightings Martin Cachard, FNQ, 2011-12 season.xls
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