Swift Parrots near Cootamundra!

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Subject: Swift Parrots near Cootamundra!
From: "Chris Armstrong" <>
Date: Sun, 30 May 2004 17:38:05 +1000
Spent morning and early afternoon of Friday 28/5 birding 12 kms north of Cootamundra. Overcast and cold (5-10*C), with a chilling SW breeze, had the 2 of us thinking that this would be a low counting morning.
Total was 38 species, including White-browed Babbler, Speckled Warbler and Hooded Robin. The highlight was around 1pm when 5 Swifties circled a Red Stringybark and landed in the next one. We observed them for 1/2hr (other commitments meant we had to move on) as they foraged in the 1 tree, working their way through the whole tree.
It wasnt yet flowering, but they appeared to be nipping the unopened flower buds. Red Wattlebirds, Fuscous and Yellow-Tufted H/E were also in this and adjacent trees. The only trees in flower were some of the Ironbarks (Muggas?), although their will be a better flowering in a month or 2 as the Grey and White Box start.
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