>For the not yet converted, the annual May Regent Honeyeater/Swift Parrot
>survey is on this weekend (22-23 May). Quite a few people have already
>advised of their intended destinations and we know that others will be
>heading out to their favourite spots.
>Swift Parrots appear to have dispersed quite a bit further north than this
>time last year and chances of recording this species is perhaps better for
>those in NSW and Queensland than last year. There are still, however,
>plenty in Victoria for who are prepared to search.
>Regent Honeyeaters, on the other hand, have been reluctant to reveal their
>whereabouts and, for this species, this survey really is about ferreting
>them out. After last years strange breeding season they really could be
>anywhere. This is particularly so given the flowering patterns of Mugga
>Ironbark and White Box at the moment.
>If you are interested in helping out with this survey, be it a trip to the
>box-ironbark or just something locally to fill in a couple of hours over
>the weekend, please contact either of us for survey forms.
>Remember, they're out there somewhere, we just have to find them!
>Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
Eucs. (mahoganies (?) and others) are flowering well in Parramatta
Park, Parramatta (33° 48.500´ S 150° 59.565´ E) right now. Rainbow and
Musk Lorikeets are abundant and this is a part of Sydney where one could
well expect Swift Parrots to be present. I will be unable to check this
site during the weekend but others may wish to give it a go.
I have been unable to check Swamp Mahoganies at places such as Dee
Why and Bayview (beachside suburbs in northern Sydney) but perhaps they are
also flowering now.
Andy Burton's Bush Tours
703/4 Francis Road
Artarmon, NSW 2064
Ph 61 2 9904 8468 (home and bus.)
Fax 61 2 9904 8768
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