Yet more Swift Parrots

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Subject: Yet more Swift Parrots
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Sun, 23 May 2021 04:49:11 +0000

Afternoon all,

Coming back from the Naas - Apollo Road junction and the Honeysuckle Creek picnic/camping area this afternoon a group of us dropped in to the Namadgi Visitors Centre for a quick look but apart from finding a couple of well known friendly COGgies saw nothing but a few Grey Fantails UNTIL we got back to the car park at about 1:30. We were discussing various birding options when all of a sudden a group of 15 (my guesstimate) to 20 (a colleagues guesstimate) Swift Parrots flew across from behind the NVC building (over the pond) and crossed the road to some large Yellow Box trees on private property. There were a lot of Common Starlings calling in the trees so made quite a bit of noise but I briefly saw one SP and could hear others calling. About 10 minutes later another 6 or so Swift Parrots also flew from the direction that the original birds had come. It is obviously a good year for this endangered species around the ACT.

There was very little at the Naas - Apollo junction apart from a reasonable group of Yellow-rumped Thornbills  and some Southern Whitefaces. A Brown Falcon was seen in the distance with the aid of  a most excellent Swarovski telescope. We were there at about 10:15. The only other birds in the general vicinity were two Red-rumped Parrots and I heard a Crescent Honeyeater calling. It is a bit out of place in that area but things do move around at this time of year.


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