Re:Swift Parrots NOT still in Kenmore, SEQ

Subject: Re:Swift Parrots NOT still in Kenmore, SEQ
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 08:51:25 +1000

"Several old messages included this month-old sighting of Swift Parrots were somehow re-posted to birding-aus on Monday.  Several people apparently travelled to Kenmore today looking for the Swift Parrots.

Roger Jaensch is concerned that more people may be confused by this old message and travel to Kenmore this weekend.  Roger hasn't seen or heard the Swift Parrots since July 17.

I get concerned about messages like this.  I think the key point is that "Roger hasn't seen the Swift Parrots since July 17".  This may be a reasonable indicator that the birds aren't there but certainly not conclusive evidence. I'd like to think that people are still visiting areas where things like Swift Parrots and Regent Honeyeaters have been reported recently in the hope that they will relocate the birds, or even discover  more birds.

Last year a Regent Honeyeater was located at Newstead in central Victoria.  Probably over 100 birdos went out there, stood on the footpath and saw the bird.  Only a very small minority however seemed to make the effort to look in other suitable areas nearby to see if there might be other Regents around.  In the case of endangered species there is immense value in locating and reporting each and every bird.

Anyway, food for thought as I now descend from my soapbox.


David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
Department of Environment & Conservation
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
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