Swift Parrots and Budgerigars

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Subject: Swift Parrots and Budgerigars
From: "Ian Clayton" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 04:19:57 +1000
Hi All

I have been seeing flocks of Budgerigars and Cockatiels  close to Townsville 
and the coast
since Easter.
Today I saw a flock of 10 Cockatiels at Toomulla Beach to the north of 
Budgerigars and Cockatiels have not been seen in numbers  around Townsville 
since the last
drought in the early 90's.
Maybe the birds are telling us another drought is on the way.

> 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.


Ian Clayton

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