See note below regarding the Swift Parrot / Regent Honeyeater survey weekend
this coming weekend.
As Dean points out, it has been a tale of no more than scattered reports of
not-so-large numbers of Swift Parrots and a general lack of Regent Honeyeaters
in 2013 thus far. We're particularly keen to have people in the New England /
NSW NW Slopes / Southern Qld regions out searching as these areas have provided
the most of the small handfull of Regent records this year and could be
harbouring more birds. I've had reports of White Box starting to flower well in
some areas too, so getting coverage in these landscapes is important.
And if you're fortunate (skillful!) enough to find Regent Honeyeaters keep an
eye out for colour bands (if you've got a camera get some shots).
Contact Dean or I if you'd like to get involved (and surveys can be done in the
days leading up to and after the weekend too).
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Dean Ingwersen <>
To: Mick Roderick <>
Cc: "" <>
Sent: Wednesday, 31 July 2013 12:30 PM
Subject: Swift Parrot-Regent Honeyeater surveys
Dear Swift Parrot-Regent Honeyeater volunteer,
The next winter survey is upon us again and we would be delighted if you would
consider taking part in the upcoming searches to be held on the 3rd-4th August.
You can find a summary of recent information regarding both species (including
feedback from recent surveys) and the official survey form here:
This year has certainly been an interesting one, with no really large
concentrations of Swift Parrots obvious so far, and only scattered records of
Regent Honeyeaters. The number of each species seen over the year is also
lower than we’d hoped for, thanks we think to scattered flowering across
south-east Australia. So the challenge is on to track down some flowering
trees and search them thoroughly!
If you participate in the survey or would like to report sightings, please
contact Dean Ingwersen Mick Roderick
or call (03) 9347 0757. Remember – nil reports
are also vital information as they give us an indication of exactly where
searching took place. Please note that Chris Tzaros
is currently on extended leave and won’t be able
to reply to any correspondence until October.
We thank you again for your support of this very important long-term monitoring
program and hope you will be able to continue to assist us and the birds.
Dean Ingwersen, Chris Tzaros and Mick Roderick
BirdLife Australia’s Woodland Birds for Biodiversity project
Dean Ingwersen| Woodland birds for Biodiversity
Regent Honeyeater recovery coordinator
Suite 2-05, 60 Leicester Street, Carlton VIC 3053
M0409 348 553 | T03 9347 0757 ext 247 | F03 9347 9323
ABN 75 149 124 774
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