A Central Coast bonanza looming?

To: "bruce Cox" <>
Subject: A Central Coast bonanza looming?
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 10:08:30 +1000

Its great to hear that Warriewood wetland is taking off this year and that there are good birders around to keep an eye out for the Swifties.  Has anyone had a chance to check out Dee Why Lagoon and Narrabeen Lakes areas too?  I am guessing that the Mahoganies in these areas are also in bloom.

Debbie Saunders
Swift Parrot Project Officer
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Threatened Species Unit, Southern Directorate
PO Box 2115 Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Ph: (02) 6298 9733  Freecall: 1800 66 57 66 Fax: (02) 6299 4281

"bruce Cox" <>
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> 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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