Swifties in S.A.

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Subject: Swifties in S.A.
From: "David & Sue Harper" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 22:21:47 +0930
Hi Chris and aussers,
Last Saturday the 8th, Colin Rogers, John Cox and myself saw approximately 25-30 Swift Parrots feeding in some eucalypts (didn't recognise the spp sorry) growing in the grounds of a wildlife park on the south-eastern outskirts of Bordertown. None of these trees were in flower so presumably they were feeding on Lerps.
Also of interest were the abundance of Honeyeaters in this small 2ha area. These included your "missing" Fuscous (up to 15) as well as Blue-faced (restricted range in S.A.), White-plumed, Yellow-faced, White-naped, Noisy Miners, Spiny-cheeked and a single White-fronted. Searches further to the south of Bordertown towards Bangham and Frances drew a blank, probably as a result of the atrocious weather conditions (blowing a gale and raining). Colin and John also found 3 Fuscous in Telford Scrub C.P. just north of Mt Gambier on the 10th and a single Yellow-tufted was reported just south of Mt Gambier in mid May. Both Fuscous and Yellow-tufteds are rarely reported from S.A and these Swifties are to my knowledge the first in S.A. for 4 years. Your earlier posting about lack of Swifties and Honeyeaters in Vic to Birding-Aus prompted me to send this piece of the "jigsaw" to you.
David Harper
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