A Central Coast bonanza looming?

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Subject: A Central Coast bonanza looming?
From: "bruce Cox" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 16:51:43 +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.

Hi David and All.

Lots of buds and some blossom on Sydneys Northern Beaches mahoganies also,
particulary Warriewood Wetland, perhaps it's the yeat I get a Swiftie or
Regent on my local list.


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