Swift Parrot in NSW & Victoria

To: "Tim Dolby" <>
Subject: Swift Parrot in NSW & Victoria
From: "Paul Rose" <>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 17:50:43 +0700

Just returned to Chiang Mai, Thailand following a 'summer' break in
Melbourne and surrounds. Following on from the swift parrot e-mails, thought
I would add a reasonably surprising record of two birds seen in Newport
suburb of Melbourne (now on the mother-in-law's yard list), observed for a
lengthy period feeding on blossoms on the 14th July. Just in case someone is
keeping records of sightings of this species.



On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 5:23 PM, Tim Dolby <> wrote:

> 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.
> Cheers,
> Tim Dolby
> ____________________________________
> 03/08/2008
> 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
> 02/08/2008
> 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
> 22/07/2008
> Swift Parrot (Mia Mia Rd, Newstead): About six to ten birds, still there a
> week later.
> John Alexander
> 14/07/2008
> 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
> 10/07/2008
> 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
> 28/06/2008
> 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
> 22/06/2008
> 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
> 15/06/2008
> 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
> 12/06/2008
> Swift Parrot (Castlemaine Golf Course)
> Geoff Jones
> 09/06/2008
> Swift Parrot (Oxford St, Newport): Single Swift Parrot seen in Spotted Gums
> along Oxford St, Newport this afternoon at 3pm.
> Steve Davidson
> 08/06/2008
> 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
> 06/06/2008
> Swift Parrot (Newport): Single Swift Parrot heard over my house in Newport
> this arvo, 1st in the area this year.
> Steve Davidson
> 26/05/2008
> 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
> 25/05/2008
> 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
> 06/05/2008
> 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
> 26/04/2008
> 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
> 06/04/2008
> 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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