On Tuesday 14 May, the HBOC had an
outing to Wyee Point where much Swamp Mahogany is in flower and at one point, a
person claimed to have seen 4 Swift Parrots although no one else saw the
On Wednesday 15 May 2002 at 8.30 am
Don & Val Moon returned to some of the Swamp Mahogany patches along the edge
of Lake Macquarie about 1 km west of their house and saw some Regent
Honeyeaters feeding in the Swamp Mahogany. They notified me and on Thursday
morning, along with Tim Morris and Don Moon, we counted 11+ Regent Honeyeaters
feeding in the Swamp Mahogany and hawking for insects in some adjoining trees.
While we were there we first saw a single Swift Parrot and heard a few more, and
later on a flock of 7 joined the Regent Honeyeaters in one particular tree.
Other birds present included Little Lorikeets, Yellow-faced, Scarlet,
White-naped, Fuscous, White-cheeked, Lewins & Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters,
Eastern Spinebills, Little Wattlebirds and Silvereyes. This site is 33 08 27 S,
151 30 35 E.
On return to our car at Val &
Don's house, there were two Swift Parrots feeding in a flowering Swamp Mahogany
in their front yard, this is near to where the 4 Swifties were seen on Tuesday
Lat, long 33 08 38 S, 151 30 54 E.
This is the fourth group of Regent
Honeyeaters seen feeding in Swamp Mahogany in the Lake Macquarie area. Other
sites ar Buttaba, Coal Point & Galgaba Reserve, South Swansea. 25
Regents were at Buttaba on 3 May and at least 3 were still present on 10 May,
the South Swansea birds have now been present for 3 weeks, last seen 16 May
Hopefully some Swifties and Regents
might just move a further 10 km south and turn up on the Central Coast, they are
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