birding-aus Swift Parrots 1999

Subject: birding-aus Swift Parrots 1999
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 11:28:25 -0816 (UTC)

Hi birders,

Simon Kennedy here.  Some of you might remember my postings in 
1998 regarding Swift Parrot sightings.  I have returned to 
resume my March-October post as Swift Parrot Project Officer.

Swift Parrots should be arriving on the mainland from their 
breeding grounds soon, if they haven't already.  There are a 
couple of tentative mainland records (and Richard Dilena's 
sighting may be of birds that stayed over during summer, which 
they occasionally do), but no definite "arrivals" yet.  
List maintainer Russell Woodford saw the first mainland Swift 
Parrot for last year near Geelong on March 30, so keep your 
eyes peeled!

If you are new to the list, the Swift Parrot and the Regent 
Honeyeater are two of Australia's rarest nectarivores.  Each 
year volunteers (some of whom also subscribe to birding-aus) 
search for these species at locations from western Victoria 
through to southern Queensland.  If David Geering hasn't told 
the list already, the counts are on 22-23 MAY AND 7-8 AUGUST.

Anyone interested in joining the surveys or passing on info on 
flowering-budding trees in their area can email me or David 
Geering (Regent Honeyeater co-ordinator) at 

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