Swift Parrots

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Subject: Swift Parrots
From: "martin butterfield" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 15:13:42 +1100
Why is it that whenever I have no time to go birding or am out of town this
species turns up in swarms!

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From: Nicki Taws 
Sent: Saturday, 12 March 2005 12:56 PM
Subject: Swift Parrots

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

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

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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