The start of wintering season for the Orange-bellied Parrot (OBP) brings positive news, with two adult OBPs sighted in the western Port-Phillip region in late April, who appear to be staying put so far and foraging contently on available food plants.
A sighting has also been confirmed along the Bass Coast, with the last OBP recorded here in 1996. Last season, 23 OBPs returned to their breeding grounds at Melaleuca in south-west Tasmania. 18 young OBPs fledged (reached flying age), with an additional 13 captive-bred adults also released. The hope is that those birds will make successful migration to the mainland and as many as possible will be located through extensive search efforts.
Our first formal weekend survey is right around the corner!
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