Regent Honeyater and Swift Parrots surveys on NSW Central Coast

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Subject: Regent Honeyater and Swift Parrots surveys on NSW Central Coast
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Wed, 8 May 2002 15:37:06 +1000
Hi Birders,
Between my son Tim and myself, we have checked out about 20 patches of flowering Swamp Mahogany on the Central Coast this last week, from Swansea through Catherine Hill Bay, Munmorah, Toukley, Bateau Bay, Killarney Vale, Berkeley Vale, Tuggerah and and Chittaway Bay looking for Regents and Swiftees. Regents have only been found at South Swansea, first seen on 28 April, subsequent visits on 4 May and today revealed five birds none of which are colour banded. They were spending more time hawking insects than feeding on the nectar of the Swamp Mahogany at each visit. No Swift Parrots have been seen.
At the other sites there are plenty of Rainbow, Musk and Little Lorrikeets, many more of the latter than is the usual case, perhaps indicating that they too have come to the coast because of the lack of flowering on the Tablelands and Slopes. Honeyeaters at the nectar flow include White-cheeked & New Hollard, Eastern Spinebill & Scarlet, Red & Little Wattlebirds, Yellow-faced, Fuscous, White-naped, and Lewins. Even Red-whiskered Bul Buls were seen taking nectar from the Swamp Mahoganies, while Spangled Drongos are present at most sites visted.
Completed Regent Honeyeater report forms were posted to you David yesterday.
Alan Morris
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