Swift Parrots and Budgerigars

Subject: Swift Parrots and Budgerigars
Date: Mon, 6 May 2002 09:26:59 +1000
I was in Mudgee on the weekend with Debbie Saunders, Chris Tzaros and 
Alison Colyer for a Regent Honeyeater/Swift Parrot workshop. 

On arrival in Mudgee on Thursday I was informed by one of the local NPWS 
rangers that two flocks of Budgerigars had been frequently the Mudgee 
area.  The largest of these flocks was 60 birds.  This fits in with the 
eastern movement of Budgies that has been seen over the last couple of 
months but was the furthest east record I have heard of to date.

The next day I had a flying visit to the Capertee Valley taking the 
opportunity to familiarise Chris Tzaros (the new Birds Aust, Threatened 
Bird Network rep on the Regent HE Recovery Team) with the valleys and 
various issues relating to Regents.   Our second stop was at Timothy 
Hyde's place where we saw something like 50 species in an hour.  Included 
among these were 6 Swift Parrots merrily feeding on lerp in both 
Narrow-leaved Ironbark and White Box.  Also at Timothy and Lynda's were 
three Budgerigars!  I can't imagine that there are likely to be too many 
Atlas sheets sent in with both Swift Parrots and Budgerigars on the same 
small site.  The eastward movement of these birds continues as western NSW 
dries out.

We didn't have a great deal of time to spare in the valley so only had 
time for another three stops.  We found Swift Parrots at two of these! 
Given our hit rate it is likely that Swifties are scattered throughout the 
valley.  Given the nature of Budgerigars it is quite likely that the same 
will apply to this species.

Chris Tzaros had a great time in the valley so I will leave it to him to 
tell the rest of the story about our half day in the Capertee Valley.

David Geering

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