Swift Parrots, Far South Coast NSW

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Subject: Swift Parrots, Far South Coast NSW
From: "Barbara Jones" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 17:04:43 +1000
Hello all
Following a Swift Parrot/Regent Honeyeater talk given to some members of the Far South Coast Birdwatchers in Merimbula on June 17, 2009 by Chris Tzaros and Dean Ingwersen, a visit by them and others found only small numbers of Swifts at Tura Beach (Merimbula 'suburb') where they had been seen a few days earlier.
The following day Chris and Dean searched the southern area of the shire with no luck and then set off north on the Princes Hwy where they had success in Corunna State Forest (nth of Tilba) with a count of 350 birds. Further sightings were 100+ in Mogo SF, 105+ in the Benandarah and Boyne SFs. All were feeding on Spotted Gum blossom and lerps.
Hearing mention of Spotted Gum flowering Max Sutcliffe went to Nelsons Beach in Mimosa Rocks NP and found 50+ on June 20. I have just returned from that site and there are still about 50 birds there feeding on Spotted Gum blossom and lerps and also on flowers of Coastal Banksia, as well as sunning on dead trees. Max, Russ Namitz, Di Waldon and I watched these birds for some time. There were a few Musk Lorikeets feeding with them, Fuscous and White-naped Honeyeaters and dozens of Rainbow Lorikeets. The latter were not feeding with the Swifts.
Spotted Gum grows naturally north of the Bega River and is still flowering well so there should be opportunities for sightings. The lerps infestations are thick and Chris Tzaros says if it rains the lerps washed off would cause the Swift Parrots to feed on the ground. With 600 known birds and plenty of food there must be others. Please report any new sites.
Barbara Jones 
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