Central Cost NSW Swift Parrot & Regent Honeyeater Update

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Subject: Central Cost NSW Swift Parrot & Regent Honeyeater Update
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Jul 2002 18:19:29 +1000
Hi Everyone,
This is just a note to update everyone from the temporary Swift Parot and Regent Honeyeater capital of Australia! aka NSW Central Coast (Gosford & Wyong LGAs)
Swift Parrots are still present in good numbers. There are still 150+ at Bateau Bay (present since 18/5/02) at the usual sites of Murray,Patmore, Point,Harbour & Lakin Streets, Sutton Reserve & a small part of Wyrrabalong NP. However all these birds roost in Wyrrabalong NP between Reserve Drive and Crackneck Lookout. Smaller numbers are at nearby Shelley Beach. 70+ are still being seen by Boris Branwhite in the Wyongah/Wadalba area and they appear to go to roost somewhere near Porters Ridge just north-west of Wyong. Toukley Golf Course and nearby Rotary Park Gorokan  regularly have up to 30 Swift Parrots. Val Moon said 40+ were still at Wyee Point today. A new site this week was small numbers feeding in Banksia ericafolia flowers in Brisbane Water NP near Kariong.
14 Regent Honeyeaters were counted during the week at Wyee Point west, where they have been since 14/5/02, and between 70-100 are going to roost each night SE of Morisset first located by Allan Richardson. A new site for Regents was found during the week by Graeme Catt who located 15+ feeding and bathing in Hawkesbury sandstone country near Kariong, same location as per the Swift Parrots. One of these birds was colour-banded.
Other interesting records this week include a Pacific Baza at Wamberal 14/07/02, another at Wadalba 12/07/02 (Boris Branwhite); an Immature Kelp Gull at Norah Head on 10/7/02 (R.Quinan); an out of season White-throated Gerygone at Chain Valley Bay on 8/7/02; 3 Bush Stone-Curlews at the Nautical Village, Kincumber 9/07/02; an early Olive-backed Oriole at Bateau Bay 10/7/02; and a Brown Honeyeater at Chain Valley Bay North on 11/7/02.
Alan Morris
Central Coast Regent Honeyeater VOG
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