Swift Parrots

Subject: Swift Parrots
From: Debbie Saunders <>
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 10:38:38 +1100
There are records of swift parrots in early and late March 2003 in Queanbeyan and Canberra suburbs, as well as several records throughout April and May in other years, so these latest sightings are on par with those in 2003 but still very early in the scheme of things.
Cheers Deb

At 09:48 AM 14/03/2005, Overs, Anthony \(REPS\) wrote:
This would also be the earliest record for here too wouldn't it? I don't
think I've heard of them being here in early March.


-----Original Message-----
From: Debbie Saunders 
Sent: Monday, 14 March 2005 9:47 AM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Swift Parrots

>The Swift Parrots were still at Mt Majura at 5pm on Saturday, in the
>areas as where Nicki saw them, but they were silent until they took off

>and flew through the canopy with soft calling.  A revisit again on
>morning didn't reveal them again but they could have easily been there
>just been quiet.  As Nicki mentioned the Apple box was in flower, as
>the Scribbly Gum and the odd Yellow Box.  There were also plenty of
>on some of the trees so they may have been feeding on those too.  A
>in the area on sunday set off the usual Noisy Miner alarm calls as well
>a flock of rainbow bee eaters that were otherwise silent too.  Great to

>hear that Swifties were also recorded at Campbell Park again and using
>woodlands in the ACT in addition to the more suburban haunts they have
>been found in recently.
>Cheers Deb
>  At 12:55 PM 12/03/2005, you wrote:
>>A (deliberately) belated report of 3 Swift Parrots at Wybalena Grove
>>on Monday 7th March. They were feeding on lerps in mature Red Box,
>>are also supporting a large population of Wattlebirds and Friarbirds
>>the moment.
>>They were only seen that afternoon so don't come looking here,
>>you can go searching for Swift Parrots on Mt Majura, lower western
>>where 4 were seen this Saturday morning. They were being harassed
>>relentlessly by Noisy Miners so were quite easy to find from their
>>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
>>running). The Apple Box is in full bloom, although I've never thought
>>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
>>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
>>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
>>cheers, Nicki
>>Nicki Taws
>>6251 0303
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>Debbie Saunders
>Swift Parrot Recovery Officer
>National Swift Parrot Recovery Team
> 02 6125 2635 (from November to April) or
> 02 6298 9733 (from May to
>- Migratory season)

Debbie Saunders
Swift Parrot Recovery Officer
National Swift Parrot Recovery Team

 02 6125 2635 (from November to April) or
 02 6298 9733 (from May to
October -
Migratory season)


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