Regent Honeyeaters Visit NSW Central Coast

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Subject: Regent Honeyeaters Visit NSW Central Coast
From: "Allan Morris" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2000 16:42:49 +1000
Hi Birders,
It is good news for the NSW Central Coast as Regent Honeyeaters were found at two locations during the Swift Parrot/Regent Honeyeater Surveys over the period 20/21 May 2000.First time that the CCRHVCG members have found any Regents in their survey sites for the last 3 years! The first group of 4 were seen by myself on 18/5/2000 at South Swansea, 1.8 km from the Swansea Roundabout (approaching from Sydney), along the Old Pacific Highway near the NESCA Recreation Area. Enter the Crown (?) Reserve by a bush track to the right of the NESCA Gate, passed dumped rubbish and two Coral Trees. The four birds were in the 3rd Swamp Mahogany Tree on the left side passed the Coral Trees. A small group were seen in the exact same place at this time of the year by David Geering in 1996.
The second group of 4 were seen by Gwen and Arthur Biggs at the junction of Sun Valley Road and Avoca Drive, Erina on 20/5/2000. The birds were in group of flowering Swamp Mahoganys that are in a strip along Avoca Drive between Sun Valey Rd & Milperra Rd in front of a Van Park Village, near the Sun Valley corner with Avoca Drive. However suitable flowering Trees are all along Sun Valley Rd, Koolang Rd & Milperra Rd. Yellow-faced, White-naped, Lewin's Honeyaters, Silvereyes, Spinebills, Red & Little Wattlebirds, Noisy Miners, Noisy Friarbirds and Rainbow Lorikeets are all present at the site. Across the road is a patch of bush with many flowering Swamp Mahoganies. This site (across the road) is one surveyed annually by the Central Coast Regent Honeyater Voluntary Conservation Group but Regents have not been found here previously.
No colour bands seen!
The birds have not been seen since at either site but both sites still appear to be very suitable and are well worth checking out if you are in the area. Please let David Geering or myself know if you see any Regents.
Alan Morris
Central Coast Regent Honeyeater Volunteer Conservation Group
Tel 02 43 891390
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