For those in the know, today was the
first day of my moving from Chittaway Bay, to 12 km to the east, to Bateau Bay.
While Chittaway Bay is part of Tuggerah Lakes, Bateau Bay is a bay on the coast
with its own beach. Both suburbs have plenty of trees, including Swamp
Mahoganies and Blackbutts.
As I arrived at Murray St Bateau Bay
with my first load of boxes at 9 am, the first bird that I heard was some Swift
Parrots, along with Rainbow, Musk and Little Lorikeets. The Swifties were around
all day, at one stage we had 21 Swift Parrots perched in one of the trees on our
block while at least 6-10 were calling and flying nearby. 31 Swifties on the
coast, not bad!! The birds around our house would appear to feeding on lerps as
the flowering Swamp Mahoganies are at least 200 m from the house, although as
all the lorikeets are presenrt maybe there is a tree in some one's backyard that
is in flower but as yet I have not located it.
Central Coast Group, Birding