Jenke Circuit Kambah Swift Parrots

To: 'Ace Frawley' <>, "" <>
Subject: Jenke Circuit Kambah Swift Parrots
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Fri, 21 May 2021 04:58:56 +0000

Yes I am just back from there (it is close to home). I only had a quick time there at about mid day then had to go back to Woden then returned. First time a flock of about 20 Swift Parrots flew by. When I came back Harvey and one other were there. The Swift Parrots were by then mostly high in the tree at the lower part of the car park, closest to the Hungry Jacks / Club Lime. We could see about 5 in the top of the tree then 5 flew off and we could still see 3 there, plus there were some in the neighbouring tree. After Harvey & other left a flock of about 10 flew by but not from where the earlier flock had gone. So likely a different bunch(?). I thought they perched in the grove of trees between the Hungry Jacks & Drakeford Drive but I could not relocate them. During today’s visits only one pair of Superb Parrots were seen by me. I did have at least one Superb Parrots flying over my house this morning as I was hanging out washing. Just heard.



From: Canberrabirds [ On Behalf Of Ace Frawley via Canberrabirds
Sent: Friday, 21 May, 2021 12:58 PM
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Jenke Circuit Kambah Swift Parrots


Following on from Philip's report from yesterday, I visited Jenke Circuit from 11:00 this morning and heard the sound of Swift Parrots from the moment I got out of my car.  As well as being vocal, they were moving around a lot, being chased by various other species of birds, but were visible in the eucalypts within the car park and those between Jenke Circuit and Drakeford Drive.  I couldn't get an exact count of the number of birds, but I think it would be around the same amount that Philip estimated.  They looked to be feeding on lerps, but there are a number of ironbarks starting to flower in nearby Marconi Crescent and possibly more to flower soon in Summerland Circuit, so there is a potential large food supply nearby if they can locate those trees.


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