Swift Parrots

Subject: Swift Parrots
From: (Nicki Taws)
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 12:55:32 +1100
A (deliberately) belated report of 3 Swift Parrots at Wybalena Grove Cook on 
Monday 7th March. They were feeding on lerps in mature Red Box, which are also 
supporting a large population of Wattlebirds and Friarbirds at the moment. 

They were only seen that afternoon so don't come looking here, HOWEVER, you can 
go searching for Swift Parrots on Mt Majura, lower western slopes where 4 were 
seen this Saturday morning. They were being harassed relentlessly by Noisy 
Miners so were quite easy to find from their calls. They were never allowed to 
settle long enough for me to see what they might be foraging in(and I didn't 
have my binoculars - sorry Ian, I was running). The Apple Box is in full bloom, 
although I've never thought of this as a good nectar species. There may be some 
late flowering Yellow Box, but I didn't notice any. When I returned half an 
hour later, the parrots were quieter but giving occasional chatter, and 
spending time in both Apple Box and Yellow Box trees.

The best way to find them is from Antill Street, opposite the Carotel Motel. 
There is a long strainght fire trail heading due east between 2 fences. Follow 
this for c. 750metres, then head into the woodland on the right. About 150m in 
from the fence you will come to a deep gully, and they were last seen around 
here, but could be anywhere through this woodland.

cheers, Nicki

Nicki Taws
6251 0303

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