Re: OBP Counts

To: Russell Woodford <>
Subject: Re: OBP Counts
From: Hugo Phillipps <>
Date: Thu, 19 Mar 1998 11:38:21 +1100 (EST)
Russell -

At 17:45 18/03/1998 +1000, you wrote:
>Someone on the list has asked about seeing OBPs.  Can anyone please tell
>us when the next OBP Counts are on around Melbourne-Geelong?

Next count is on Sunday 17 May.  Anyone wanting to participate in the
Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP) winter surveys (which also incorporate
Blue-winged Parrot counts) should get in touch with Jon Starks at the
contact numbers below.  Remember - Jon needs people to visit places where
OBPs are NOT likely to be seen as well as the usual hot spots.

>Is Swan Isl still the easiest place to find them? Where else would people

Jon says Swan Island is probably the easiest place to see OBPs, but not
until late July and August when the Sclerostegia is seeding.  Early in the
OBP season (and they are due to begin arriving on the Victorian coast within
a week or two, with an early bird already seen on French Island) you are
more likely to see them at the Werribee Sewage Farm (but not necessarily
easily or predictably).  Keep in mind that they are sensitive to disturbance.

Cheers,  Hugo.

Hugo Phillipps,
Birds Australia Conservation & Liaison,
Australian Bird Research Centre,
415 Riversdale Road,
Hawthorn East, VIC 3123, Australia.
Tel: (03) 9882 2622. Fax: (03) 9882 2677.
O/s: +61 3 9882 2622. Fax: +61 3 9882 2677.
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