Photo ID: Welcome Swallow nests?

To: "'Ross Macfarlane'" <>, "'David Adams'" <>, "'Birding-Aus'" <>
Subject: Photo ID: Welcome Swallow nests?
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Nov 2013 14:51:00 +1100
It looks to me like just fairy martin nests. I think the ones without the
spout are just unfinished or broken away fairy martin nests. Unless there is
something really strange about the scale, it seems really weird to think
these are wasps' nests. 

David, Are you going to respond to the author of this website about this?


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Ross
Sent: Sunday, 3 November 2013 11:55 AM
To: David Adams; Birding-Aus
Subject: Photo ID: Welcome Swallow nests?

Mixture of welcome swallow and fairy martin (bottle swallow) nests to my 

-----Original Message----- 
From: David Adams
Sent: Sunday, November 03, 2013 11:40 AM
To: Birding-Aus
Subject: Photo ID: Welcome Swallow nests?

I was just reading an article about the old transcontinental telegraph route
that includes a picture of "wasp nests." They look like swallow nests to me
(third picture down):

Not being particularly strong on nest identification (at best) and never
having been to this part of the country, can anyone suggest whose nests the
picture depicts? They look every bit like swallow nests to me and, as best
as I can guess, Welcome Swallows are the only likely bird in the middle of
the continent.

Thoughts welcome!


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