Re: First Swift Parrots - from Qld to Tas

To: Rob Massom <>
Subject: Re: First Swift Parrots - from Qld to Tas
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2002 15:48:43 +1000

Its great to hear that the Swift Parrots are making it safely back to Tassie - hopefully preparing for another good breeding season.  The Swifties are well and truly spread out at the moment with birds being found in Queensland, NSW and Victoria during the survey earlier this month.  In Victoria there were Swifties recorded in Melbourne, Numurkah, Geelong and Shepparton.  In NSW there are some still some around Wooli/Grafton, Port Stephens, Central Coast and Wagga, Tarcutta and Tumut .   Just over a week ago I recorded 650 Swift Parrots leaving a roost site in the urban Gorokan/Lake Haven area of the central coast - it certainly was a truly amazing sight seeing over 30% of the population in a single location!  The interesting thing from now on will be finding out where they stop over on their way back to Tassie.  So for all those people in Victoria and the southern part of NSW the season is far from over yet - k eep your eyes and ears peeled - you just never know when they will be heading your way!

Debbie Saunders
Swift Parrot Recovery Officer
National Swift Parrot Recovery Team
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Threatened Species Unit, Southern Directorate
PO Box 2115 Queanbeyan NSW 2620
Ph: (02) 6298 9733  Freecall: 1800 66 57 66 Fax: (02) 6299 4281

Rob Massom <>
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26/08/02 15:07

        Subject:        [BIRDING-AUS] First Swift Parrots

Afternoon all.

I encountered my first Tassie swift parrots of the season yesterday in the
Hobart suburb of Taroona - a flock of 15, feeding noisily in flowering blue
gums.  A sight and sound to lift the heart and spirit.

Best wishes,   Rob

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