Scaly-breasted Lorikeet at Beaumaris, Vic

To: S Cooney <>
Subject: Scaly-breasted Lorikeet at Beaumaris, Vic
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 20:54:19 +1100
Hi all

A postscript which may interest some of our younger

Back in the 1950s there was this alternative to the
Twitchathon - the World Bird Day counts, compiled by Roy
Wheeler (who deserved even more medals than he got).  Look
at his records to see what he did without a computer !

Two eminent birdos - Bryan Mitchell and Barbara Salter -
organised such counts in roughly the Bayside City Council
area on 7 occasions in the 1950s. The results, published in
- or as supplements to - , the Bird Observer Notes show the
AMAZING (to me) FACT that:

14,000 birds were counted - but NOT ONE PARROT

So 50 years ago it would not just have been Scaly-breasted
Lorikeets that would have warranted interest but rosellas,

However there are 11 parrot species on our pre-1960 list. 
It does not include the white cockatoos (3 species seen, for
example, this year).

Michael Norris
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