Swift Parrots & Regent Honeyeaters

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Subject: Swift Parrots & Regent Honeyeaters
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 13:21:18 +1000
Hi Birders,

As the weekend that has just passed was the National Survey weekend for those two Threatend Species, I spent some time at South West Rocks with Kens Shingleton checking out two sites at South West Rocks, 5 sites around Crescent Head with Tim Morris, 2 sites at Limeburners Creek NR, 2 sites at Swansea with Mike Kuhl and a number of sites around Bateau Bay, but regretfully none of the target species were seen.

There were plenty of birds to seen though, with Rainbow and Scaly-breasted Lorikeets being present at most sites Swansea to South West Rocks, and Rainbow & Musk Lorikeets at Bateau Bay. At the South West Rocks Tourist Park, the Swamp Mahoganies were flowering well. and this is a site that has been visited by Swift Parrots in the past. The main bird of interest here was the Little Friarbird, being more common that Noisy Friarbirds which were also present. Scarlet , Yellow-faced & White-cheeked Honeyeaters were common at the Crescent Head (5) and Limeburners Creek NR sites (2), along with a few Little & Red Wattlebirdss and White-naped Honeyeaters.

Other interesting birds seen included 3 Avocets at Seale's Rd Swamp, Belmore River on 12/5, Grey Goshawk, Peregrine, Whistling Kite, Osprey & Sea-eagle at Crescent Head on 13/5, a Brahminy Kite at Big Hill, Limeburners Creek NR on 12/5, a Spotted Harrier and a Swamp Harrier on the western side of Limeburners Ck NR on 14/5, and a White Goshawk beside the road at the Irrawang Causeway, Grahamstown on 14/5.

The Central Coast Regent Honeyeater Volunteer Operations Group was organised to survey 54 Central Coast (NSW) sites last weekend, and while I am yet to hear from all participants, no one has reported any Regent Honeyeaters or Swift Parrots as yet. It looks as if the box/ironbark trees are flowering sufficiently to keep Regent Honeyeaters inland this autumn and that most Swift Parrots have been finding enough flowering trees in Victoria so as not to need to move northwards into NSW.

Alan Morris

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