The weekend of the 3-4 August 2013 is the second of the annual Swift Parrot-Regent Honeyeater surveys that are held across south-eastern mainland Australia. All bird-watchers and naturalists are encouraged by BirdLife Australia to go searching for these two nationally threatened species, and then send them their results (even if you find nothing, its still a useful result to know where these species aren’t occurring).
The Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club are not putting together an official survey team this year, but are instead suggesting to their members that they might want to do their own search. There was a great article in last month’s Castlemaine Naturalist magazine by Rita Mills on some useful tips and hints for finding local Swifties. (And a big prize to anyone who manages to find a Regent Honeyeater near Castlemaine).
For more info, follow this link to the BirdLife Australia website (click here), and then follow the links at the bottom of their page. Alternatively, click here for access to a blank data sheet (click here).