Today while inside our house in sunny Seven Hills
(about 40km west of Sydney), I was excited to have heard the distinctive
"pit..pit..pit.." call of atleast one Swift Parrot fly over our
backyard. I quickly raced outside the back door (with my parents thinking, has
he gone mad!!!) and tried to relocate the Swift Parrot I just heard. I heard it
call several times after but still could not locate the bird but heard the call
from a Eucalypt in blossom in the property behind ours. I waited a while but
unfortunately could not spare the time to be able to locate them. Anyway, a
Swift Parrot record for Sydney!!! Maybe If I am lucky it may hang around the
next morning. David/Simon I'll send a record sheet on this one.
This is the second time I have had Swift Parrots
over our place within the last 3 years and the 3rd time I have had them in Seven
Today there other migrants present around our home
- a Rufous Whistler was singing beautifully in the morning, a Fairy Martin was
flying overhead, small flocks of Yellow-faced Honeyeaters and Silvereyes,
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes etc.
To all Sydney birders. NOW
is the time to bird. The weather has been great, the water levels in the
Hawkesbury look good (probably the best it has been since 1994 for this time of
year -great for waders), Spring migrants are quickly arriving, and the Wilson's
Phalaropes, Upland Sandpipers are all waiting to be twitched!!!
PS - I gave the Olympic ceremony atleast 7/10.
Watched it with 5 other CBOC Fledglings. Great to see Cathy Freeman light up the
Olympic Cauldrom. Didn't however like our uniforms warn by our Athletes during
the ceremony (looked like Tomatoes) and the fireworks was no frills. But despite
this, probably the best, if not the best cermony I have