Swift Parrots

To: David Richardson <>, birding-aus <>
Subject: Swift Parrots
From: Tim Dolby <>
Date: Fri, 8 Jul 2011 02:03:02 +0000
Not sure why David. I've just checked the record, and it's been changed back to 
09:56 hrs. Nice record for Altona.

Interestingly the occurrence of Swifties around greater Melbourne reminds me of 
the continual sighting of Rufous Songlark in Victoria. In Melbourne it seems 
the habitat rules for Swift Parrot seems to have changed. Once this species 
would travel through Melbourne and southern Victoria heading north to the 
Box-Ironbark forests and woodlands in northern Victoria and NSW, and the east 
coast of NSW. Now, perhaps due to the maturing and current good flowering of 
street trees such as Spotted Gum (Eucalyptus maculata) and Mugga Ironbark 
(Eucalyptus sideroxylon), they seem to be able to stop and then hang around 
Melbourne for long periods of time. I also wonder if they will move on once all 
the trees have stopped flowering, and whether this means they have left their 
run too late to head north and link in to flowering gums further north?


Tim Dolby

 on behalf of David Richardson 

Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2011 10:02 PM
To: birding-aus
Subject: Swift Parrots

I put in a report of two Swift Parrots on Birdline Vic today with the time
of sighting as 09:56 hrs. But for some reason someone has changed that to
"approximately 10 am".

What's wrong with 09:56 hrs ?

David Richardson

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