Swift Parrots at Aberdare State Forest, Cessnock NSW

To: "Debbie Saunders" <>, "Almarosa" <>, <>
Subject: Swift Parrots at Aberdare State Forest, Cessnock NSW
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2005 09:37:54 +1000
Hi Birders,

Mike Barth and I spent several hours in Aberdare SF south of Cessnock checking out for Swift Parrots and Regent Honeyeaters yesterday 13/8/05.

Our first stop was about 1km from Pelton, where I had seen Swift Parrots one month before. At a site about 1km NE Pelton (S32 53 10, E151 18 58), where we spent from 1050-1140 hrs we managed to locate 14+ birds. They were feeding on lerps in Rough-barked Apple, Broad-leafed Ironbark and Spotted Gum while about 10% of the Spotted Gums, particularly the older trees were still flowering and some may have also be taking nector as well. The birds were very quiet, and were it not for a short time when they decided to talk to each over, we would have missed them. They were scattered in an area of about 3 ha. Also present at this site were 12+ Grey-crowned Babblers, while Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters were seen feeding dependent young on two occasions and Little Lorikeets were feeding in the Spotted Gums flowers.

A shift to site further up the ridgeabout 3 km NE Pelton, where again about 10% of Spotted Gum was flowering, no target species werew seen.

At Black Creek, about 1 km south of Kitchener in the forest, where both Regents and Swifties were present in 2000, no target species were seen either. However there were plenty of Honeyeaters here including Yellow-tufted, Yellow-faced and White-naped, Eastern Spinebill, Noisy Friarbird and Bellminer. Of interest here was a group of Varied Sitellas at a nest.

Finally we stopped at Kitchener itself and walked back into the forest, but again no target species, although pair of Swans on the wetland had 5 cygnets, a good breeding record.

Alan Morris
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