Large numbers of Swift Parrots in Sandy Bay, Tasmania

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Subject: Large numbers of Swift Parrots in Sandy Bay, Tasmania
From: "Daniel Gilmore" <>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2006 15:16:00 +1000
Hi All.

While in Tasmania on 10 October I thought I'd have a look for some Swift 
Parrots. I got lucky!  To my amazement I came across a flock of around 250-300 
Swift Parrots in Sandown Park, Sandy Bay.  Flocks of Swift Parrots this size 
are a rare sight nowadays.  Surprisingly, the birds were feeding on the ground 
on the fallen seeds of English Elm Ulmus procera, growing along Long Point 
Road.  I have not heard of them feeding on the seeds of this species before and 
Swift Parrots rarely feed from the ground.  Small numbers were also feeding on 
Blue Gum Eucalyptus globulus flowers, which were in flower.

I recommend anyone living in Hobart or visiting the City in the next few day to 
check them out.


Daniel Gilmore

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