Swift Parrots, Far South Coast NSW

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Subject: Swift Parrots, Far South Coast NSW
From: "Barbara Jones" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 16:33:54 +1000
Hello all
Following a Swift Parrot/Regent Honeyeater talk given to some members of the 
Far South Coast Birdwatchers in Merimbula on June 17, 2009 by Chris Tzaros and 
Dean Ingwersen, a visit by them and others found only small numbers at Tura 
Beach (Merimbula 'suburb') where they had been seen a few days earlier.

The following day Chris and Dean searched the southern area of the shire with 
no luck and then set off north on the Princes Hwy where they had success in 
Corunna State Forest (nth of Tilba) with a count of 350 birds. Further 
sightings were 100+ in Mogo SF, 105+ in the Benandarah and Boyne SFs. All were 
feeding on Spotted Gum blossom and lerps.

Hearing mention of Spotted Gum flowering Max Sutcliffe went to Nelsons Beach in 
Mimosa Rocks NP and found 50+ on June 20. I have just returned from that site 
and there are still about 50 birds there feeding on Spotted Gum blossom and 
lerps and also on flowers of Coastal Banksia, as well as sunning on dead trees. 
Max, Russ Namitz, Di Waldon and I watched these birds for some time. There were 
a few Musk Lorikeets feeding with them, Fuscous and White-naped Honeyeaters and 
dozens of Rainbow Lorikeets. The latter were not feeding with the Swifts.

Spotted Gum grows naturally north of the Bega River and is still flowering well 
so there should be opportunities for sightings. The lerps infestations are 
thick and Chris Tzaros says if it rains the lerps washed off would cause the 
Swift Parrots to feed on the ground. With 600 known birds and plenty of food 
there must be others. Please report any new sites.

Barbara Jones

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