White-throated Needletails in Melbourne

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Subject: White-throated Needletails in Melbourne
From: Michael Tarburton <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2018 15:07:57 +1100
G’day bird enthusiasts

I just censused 8 WTNT over Blackburn South.  They were feeding, and slowly 
moving to the NNW, so could be around Doncaster about now.  Have a look and let 
me know if you see any - or put them in Birdata or eBird.  They are rare over 
Melbourne these days and this is unusually early.  I have seen 9 or 10 flocks 
at Bunyip S.P. so far  this season. Others have seen them around the Kinglake 
district & Yarra Bend.

Also keep your eyes open for FTS or Pacific Swifts as this year huge numbers 
have reached the east coast and are being seen often with Needletails right 
down to the Vic border.

Thank you to all those who have recorded flock numbers - much appreciated as 
the Gov in Canberra is looking at whether to declare this species as vulnerable 
at the moment and the larger the samole size the more accurate the decline 
measures will be.

Cheers, Happy swift watching & Happy Christmas


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