The Welcome Swallow is one of the most common birds along the east coast of Australia. Aerial feeders, these birds have adapted well to human settlement and often nest in outbuildings or under eaves. The distinctive mud nests are well known to most people.
The name Welcome Swallow derives from their migratory habits as they depart the chilly climate of the south and winter in the warmer northern climes such as Mission Beach so each year the numbers of these charming birds grows during the cooler months as their southern dwelling cousins join us.
No need to look for these birds as they are found throughout the village and may be distinguished from similar species by their forked tails.
Good luck and good birding
Adrian Walker aka Professor Birdbrain
Adrian’s book – Birds of Mission Beach and environs is available through the Mission Beach Visitor Centre at $5.00 plus postage. To purchase call on 07 4068 7099 or email firstname.lastname@example.org