Swift Parrot (and survey weekend)

To: John Tongue <>, Annabel Ashworth <>
Subject: Swift Parrot (and survey weekend)
From: Mick Roderick via Birding-Aus <>
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2016 00:41:49 +0000
That is great Annabel - this is the northernmost record of Swift Parrots on the 
mainland so far in 2016 (that has been reported to BirdLife anyway). Last year 
the northernmost report was west of Armidale, yet in 2014 there were birds 
right up as far north as near Bundaberg.
Most Swifty reports in NSW this year have been from the Far South Coast and 
Hunter Valley, both in association with flowering Spotted Gums; the peak count 
being 133 birds on the Singleton Training Area on the 30 June. There have been 
numerous reports from the Hunter Economic Zone (HEZ) forests near Kurri Kurri 
as well. Even though they are flowering to some extent the Spotted Gum is not 
flowering like it did in 2012 unfortunately. 
This weekend is the second of the biannual survey weekends for Regent 
Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots. More info can be found at the link below:

From: John Tongue <>
 To: Annabel Ashworth <> 
Cc: Birding-Aus <>
 Sent: Wednesday, 3 August 2016, 15:20
 Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Swift Parrot
Nice find!
I grew up near Tamworth, and we lived for a time in Boggabri, but I didn’t see 
my first Swift Parrot till we moved to Tassie,

John Tongue
> On 3 Aug 2016, at 2:06 PM, Annabel Ashworth <> wrote:
> On a Tamworth Birdwatchers outing to Gunnedah last Saturday.  We were lucky 
> enough to have a sighting of a Swift Parrot.  It was in flowering gums in 
> Black Jack State Forest on the outskirts of town.  We were able to watch it 
> for quite a while as it fed quietly in the area, but for most of the time it 
> was obscured by leaves.  There was a lot of discussion as we gradually saw 
> different diagnostic features.  One member was adamant the rest of us were 
> wrong, but luckily photos taken by two members were able to confirm the 
> sighting.  Pretty exciting as we don’t often see them up here.
> Annabel
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