A Central Coast bonanza looming?

Subject: A Central Coast bonanza looming?
Date: Wed, 10 Apr 2002 14:00:41 +1000
I received a call this week about a sighting of 10 Regent Honeyeaters at 
Coal Point, Lake Macquarie, from a reliable observer.  Unfortuneately Alan 
Morris wasn't able to locate the birds the next day.

Interestingly these birds were in flowering bloodwood, perhaps biding 
their time for the Swamp Mahogany to come on line.  The Swamp Mahogany on 
the NSW Central Coast is very well budded up and starting to flower in 
places. The mahogany promises to flower well this winter.  With no promise 
of any significant flowering west of the ranges it could well be that this 
year will see Regents again on the coast in good numbers.

The same situation may well develop for Swift Parrots as the Victorians 
tell us that the southern box-ironbark forests are also showing no 
inclination to produce significant amounts of blossom this winter.  It is 
more than likely that this will mean a northward push by Swift Parrots 
this winter with the coastal Swamp Mahogany forests a likely target.

At this early stage everything is pointing to these forests as the place 
to look this winter for these two endangered species. 

Please remember to report all Regent HE sightings to me and Swift Parrot 
sightings to Debbie Saunders  or Freecall 
1800665 766).  The first two of out annual national search days will be 
held 25-26 May.  If you want to participate please contact Debbie or 
myself and let us know where you plan to search so we don't have people 
tripping over themselves in a few known hotspots.  Amazing how many 
Swifties, in particular, get seen by people going places that we recommend 
rather than the same old spots.

Happy hunting.

David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
Fax: 02 6884 9382

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