Swift Parrots in Melbourne, Vic. 13/8/2003

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Subject: Swift Parrots in Melbourne, Vic. 13/8/2003
From: Jim Caine <>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2003 18:41:46 +1000
Hi all,

Following Chris Tzaros' report of Swift Parrots at Pipemakers Park in 
Maribyrnong on the week-end, I stopped by there to have a look around late this 
afternoon.  I know this area well as I've done Atlas surveys here for about 3 
years and I have loooked for Swifties in the two past winters without luck.  
Initially I searched and listened in Pipemakers Park but found no Swifties. I 
crossed the footbridge across the Maribyrnong to check out the gums inthe 
carpark at the clubhouse of the Riverside Golf Course (Ascot Vale). In this 
spot I've seen Rainbow, Musk and Little Lorikeets in the past.

After some careful searching and listening I located a group of 12 Swifties 
sitting quietly in the top of a eucalypt aadjacent to the car park and 
clubhouse(off Stanford St). They were completely silent and it took me some 
time to properly identify them in the dull light. They sat preening for about 
30 minutes. After that they became more active and noisier an eventuallly took 
off to nearby trees. For the next half hour they moved about the various gums 
around the carpark and adjoining area. They seemed to have broken up into 
smaller groups and eventually I lost them all in the  gathering dusk. Several 
times they were evicted from gums by Red Wattle Birds. On pair flew into a Port 
Jackson Fig briefly.  I left at around 5.30. I got the feeling that they didn't 
go far away. I was hoping to see where they would roost or which direction they 
would go at dusk. Unfortunately I lost them before I could establish either.

In the immediate area there is Pipemakers Park, Fairbairn Park, Riverside Golf 
Course, Walter St Reserve and the Maribyrnong River all of which I suspect may 
be suitable for them(refer Melways 28, B10, C9, C10and E 10 repsctively). With 
luck they might stay around for a while. Maribyrnong is about 9 kms NW of 
Melbourne CBD.

Jim Caine

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