Swift Parrot in NSW & Victoria

To: Tim Dolby <>, Greg & Val Clancy <>, Graham Turner <>, Baus <>
Subject: Swift Parrot in NSW & Victoria
From: Mick Roderick <>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 05:40:56 -0700 (PDT)
Hello everyone,
I was talking to Deb Saunders today (SPR co-ordinator) and she told me that the 
vast majority of records this season had been from Victoria and Tim's email 
certainly backs this up. She also mentioned a good flock having been found 
somewhere west of Canberra on the weekend too.
There have been a few records from the Swamp Mahogany forests on the Central / 
Hunter coasts recently, including 20 odd birds seen by Greg Little just south 
of Swansea last week. Some birds were heard at Woodville, near Maitland, last 
week also (not a Swamp Mahogany forest though).
Alan Morris and his Central Coast crew had 5+ Regent Honeyeaters at 
Quorrobolong (about 45 mins west of Newcastle, near Cessnock) on Saturday.
I spent all of Sunday trawling the Spotted Gum / Ironbark forests of the Lower 
Hunter but despite finding 19 spp. of Honeyeaters for the day, alas no Regents. 
It seems that virtually every tree in the Lower Hunter is in heavy bud right 
now (and has been for about 6-7 weeks now) so if the blossom happens, it's 
gonna be big. Highlights on Sunday were recording Black-chinned Honeyeaters in 
3 separate locations (including 6 birds at one site) and I'm certain I heard 
Torresian Crows around Quorrobolong too which would be unusual for that area.
Mick Roderick

----- Original Message ----
From: Tim Dolby <>
To: Greg & Val Clancy <>; Graham Turner 
<>; Baus <>
Sent: Tuesday, 5 August, 2008 8:23:11 PM
Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Swift Parrot in NSW & Victoria

Hi All,

An good question re where are all the Swift Parrot in NSW. In sunny Victoria 
(actually it's been snowing quite a bit) we've had a reasonable season for 
Swift Parrot, particularly central Vic near Castlemaine and Muckleford. Very 
few records further north, such as Chiltern and the Warby Ranges. Small numbers 
in Melbourne, and also April records around St Arnard & Cape Liptrap in 
Gippsland. See below.


Tim Dolby

40 Swift Parrots (Ross Rd, Muckleford): Up to 40 swift parrots around for Swift 
Parrot Count. Swifties were feeding in yellow gum with Dusky Woodswallows. 
Debbie Worland

Swift Parrot (Brisbane Ranges): At least ten Swift Parrots feeding along Reid's 
Road in Yellow Gum about 600m from the North-eastern boundary of Brisbane 
Ranges National Park. 
Sean Dooley

Swift Parrot (Mia Mia Rd, Newstead): About six to ten birds, still there a week 
John Alexander

Swift Parrots (Erin Court, Muckleford) Swift Parrots have now been here for 90 
days straight, between 40 to 80 swifties this morning, small groups feeding on 
ground and others feeding in River Red Gums and grey box (neither of which are 
flowering) wattlebirds and honeyeaters (white naped, yellow faced, fuscous and 
whited plumed) very aggressive. 
Debbie Worland

Swift Parrot & Regent Honeyeater (Chiltern - Mt Pilot National Park): 3 Regent 
Honeyeater were seen adjacent to Greenhill Road in the northern section of 
Chiltern - Mt Pilot NP. (None with leg bands.) Also seen on the White Box 
walking track were 4 Turquoise Parrot, 3 Painted Button-quail and at least 6 
Swift Parrot. 
Tim Dolby

Swift Parrots (Muckleford): Great morning still 40 to 60 swifties here, 1. They 
were having a wash in leaves in tree tops, frost 2. Then into grey box ripping 
into bark and chewing on dead branches 3. Then up high in fork of grey box must 
have been some water in hollow, taking turns having a drink 4. Then onto the 
ground,one group of 20 plus, smaller group of 10ish, digging with feet, also 
eating mosses 5. Then across a small path near dam to feed in River Red Gums 
with fresh lerps
Debbie Worland

Swift Parrot (Oxford Street, Newport): Single Swift Parrot seen intermittently 
today, yesterday and Friday; seems to like hanging around eucs in park on 
corner. Last seen at 4pm flying high southward, calling strongly until gone 
from sight.
Steve Davidson

Swift Parrot (Newcastle St & Oxford St, Newport): One, possibly two Swift 
Parrots heard calling as they flew from flowering Mugga Ironbark in park. 
Flowering Spotted Gum in park also.
Steve Davidson

Swift Parrot (Castlemaine Golf Course)
Geoff Jones

Swift Parrot (Oxford St, Newport): Single Swift Parrot seen in Spotted Gums 
along Oxford St, Newport this afternoon at 3pm.
Steve Davidson

Swift Parrots (Muckleford): Groups of swifties ranging from 2 to 3 birds up to 
20 birds feeding on the ground eating grass and moss. Has anyone else seen 
this? They have been feeding on the ground daily for at least three weeks. Have 
taken video footage of them.
Debbie Worland

Swift Parrot (Newport): Single Swift Parrot heard over my house in Newport this 
arvo, 1st in the area this year.
Steve Davidson

Swift Parrot, White-browed Woodswallow (Kooyoora State Park and Kingower State 
Forest): Small numbers of Swift Parrots thinly scattered through these parks. 
Very late White-browed Woodswallows west of Rheola. All the usual honeyeaters, 
lorikeets etc but low numbers and widely dispersed.
Simon Starr

Swift Parrot (Castlemaine Golf Course): A group of about 15 swifties landed in 
front of me to have their morning bath in a puddle.(Sunday) Swift Parrots are 
still around, appox 40 to 50 birds this morning (Tuesday).
Debbie Worland

Swift Parrots (Castlemaine Golf Course): Have been hearing swifties since March 
but yesterday and today there were 20 to 30 swifties feeding up high in yellow 
gum and grey box. Birds with them were Wattlebirds aggressive, White-plumed, 
White-naped, Yellow-faced, Yellow-tufted, New Holland Honeyeaters also 
Purple-crowned Lorikeets
Debbie Worland

Swift Parrot (St. Arnaud Area): Up to ten Swift Parrots at Tottington NCR, 23 
km SW of St. Arnaud amongst Musk, Purple-crowned and Little Lorikeets. Good 
numbers of Black-chinned Honeyeater and White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike. Thirty 
plus Swift Parrots in a noisy flock at Dalyenong NCR, 25 km SE of St. Arnaud. 
Very few Robins.
Stuart Dashper

Swift Parrot, Beautiful Firetail (Cape Liptrap): Flame Robins and an 
Intermediate Egret in off the sea at Cape Liptrap; 12 Swift Parrots flying 
north over Cape Liptrap / Walkerville heathland, where Beautiful Firetails, 
Southern Emu-Wrens and Olive Whistlers were common. Also 4300 Black Swans on 
Shallow Inlet.
Guy Dutson

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