Breakfast with the Birds

Weddin Landcare, together with Central West Local Land Services, are hosting a ‘Breakfast with the Birds’ morning on Saturday 5 June at Ben Hall’s Campground in the Weddin Mountain National Park. The morning will involve a short workshop on how to identify and survey for birds, followed by a walk to Ben Hall’s Cave, identifying and recording birds along the way. Morning tea will be provided as well and there will be an optional trip to view and learn about the Caragabal Bird Art to finish the morning.

Budding twitchers should bring their binoculars, bird books and water bottle and wear sensible clothing and footwear for bush walking.

The morning will commence at 8:30am with a BBQ breakfast at Ben Hall’s Campground. Senior Land Services Officer and experienced birder, May Fleming, from Central West Local Land Services will run the workshop session, which will teach participants how to identify the Swift Parrot, a threatened species that has been recorded in the Weddin Mountains.

This free event is supported by Central West Local Land Services’ ‘Securing the Swift Parrot Project’, funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

The Swift Parrot is unique as it feeds in the Central West during winter on our flowering Eucalypts and Ironbarks, then flies to Tasmania to breed over Summer. Recent sightings in Canberra have given us hope that we may see some in at the Weddin Mountains

The Swift Parrot is a slim, medium-sized parrot about 25cm long.  Its body is mostly bright green, with a dark blue patch on the crown. The forehead to throat is crimson and there is a crimson patch at the bend of the wing. One of its most distinctive features from a distance is its long (12cm), thin tail, which is dark red, setting it apart from other Lorikeets and Parrots.

Landholders and community members interested in attending the Breakfast with the Birds event, should RSVP to Melanie Cooper on 0417 963 475 or by Friday 4 June for catering purposes.