Subject: Regents/Swifties
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 1998 10:50:37 +1000
We checked State forest areas in the Fryers Ranges area (between Malmsbury
-Castlemaine-Guildford in central Victoria) and drew a blank for Regent
Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots.  Only ironbarks were flowering -
box/stringybark areas were pretty quiet generally.  The ground below the
flowering Ironbarks was littered with discarded blossom, some of it looking
very fresh, but we only saw one pair of Little Lorikeets and a few
scattered Crimson Rosellas, so I think the bulk of the culprits had shot
through.  Lots of other Honeyeaters - Fuscous, White-naped, Black-chinned,
Brown-headed, Yellow-faced, Yellow-tufted and the odd White-plumed and
White-eared, plus a couple of Spinebills and heaps of Red Wattlebirds.
Also heard our first Fan-tailed Cuckoo of the season on Saturday.  Record
sheets are on their way to David and Simon.  The weather was great and all
in all it was a good weekend.

How did other people go?


     Jack Krohn

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