Swift Parrots - Mt Ainslie NR

To: Steve Holliday <>, Matthew Fitzgerald <>
Subject: Swift Parrots - Mt Ainslie NR
From: Peter Cranston via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Mon, 3 May 2021 05:11:46 +0000
I looked closely at David's excellent video from Callum Brae, expecting to see lerps on the foliage. There were few and only a few frames showed a swiftie obviously gleaning - most seemed to be nipping off developing flower buds, as reported from Mt Ainslie.
There were few or no lerps on the favoured gums in MItchell a couple of years ago, but damaged flower buds littered beneath their preferred feeding trees. This is not to say they don't do lerps, but it may not be such an important food resource in Canberra compared to flower buds.
pete cranston

From: Canberrabirds <> on behalf of Matthew Fitzgerald via Canberrabirds <>
Sent: Monday, May 3, 2021 10:38 AM
To: Steve Holliday <>
Cc: <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Swift Parrots - Mt Ainslie NR
Thanks Steve, they're still here feeding in the gums.

On Mon, 3 May 2021, 09:45 Steve Holliday, <> wrote:

Up to 30 Swift Parrots in Mt Ainslie NR this morning (with 25 seen close by last evening). Only 100 metres or so up from the Foveaux St entrance, just downhill from the powerlines.


Birds were busy feeding in several Yellow Boxes – many of the trees are in heavy bud and probably close to flowering, the Swifties were chewing on the flower buds.



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