Musk and S-b Lorikeets in n, Sydney

Subject: Musk and S-b Lorikeets in n, Sydney
From: (Andy Burton)
Date: Mon, 4 May 1998 09:51:47 +1000
Hi everybody,

During the past few weeks I have noted an influx of Musk and Scaly-breasted
Lorikeets to suburban Willoughby, about 5-6 km north of the Sydney Harbour
Bridge. They have apparently been attracted by flowering eucalypts, many
planted and not native to the area. I believe that both these species are
seen irregularly in the western suburbs of Sydney and a small population of
both species is resident at Cumberland SF. I have also seen S-b Ls in
flowering Swamp Mahoganys at Bayview Golf Course and in flowering shrubs at
nearby Mona Vale Golf Course, both about 20 km n-w of here. However in
nearly 15 year's residence in the Willoughby area I have never personally
had a confirmed sighting and believe both species to be rare vagrants to
the area.

During the past few weeks I have seen both species and have read of or
received information of sightings from several lower/middle north shore

Artarmon                - Both species
Middle Cove             - S-b L
Macmahons Point         - Musk
Waverton                - Musk
Cammeray Golf Course    - Both species
Manly                   - possible Musk heard during a television report
from St Patricks College, on the hill in south Manly.

Three questions for the local birdos:

1) What is the historical status of these species on the north shore,
especially within the municipality of Willoughby ?

2) How widespread are these species in the Sydney region at present ?

3) What tree species are they feeding in ?

TIA and regards, Andy.

Andy Burton
Andy Burton's Bush Tours
703/4 Francis Road
Artarmon, NSW  2064

Ph      61 2 9904 8468  (home and bus.)
Fax     61 2 9904 8768

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