birding-aus Musk lorikeets in Melbourne

Subject: birding-aus Musk lorikeets in Melbourne
From: "Merrilyn Serong" <>
Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 22:30:38 +1100

Every evening for an hour about sunset, (approx 7.45 pm to 8.45 pm
today) thousands of musk lorikeets fly north over my house in suburban
Burwood, Vic.  They call loudly as they fly over in waves of flock after
flock.  Each flock is from 30 to 100 birds flying in smaller groups
within the flock.  The sky is seldom empty of birds during this time.
The same phenomenon is happening in South Oakleigh, nearly 7 km south of

Other people must have noticed this.  If so where are you?  I would love
to know where the birds are coming from, and where they spend the
night.  I wonder how wide to the east and west the area of bird movement
Presumably the birds fly south in the morning (when I am asleep?).
Perhaps not all the birds fly the full distance, whatever that may be.
They might stop off along the way, and rejoin the flocks during the
evening return to wherever.

Only a few years ago (or so it seems) there were no lorikeets in this
area, then rainbows started gradually appearing, followed later by musk
lorikeets, which now have increased to numbers beyond what I ever could
have imagined.

I would love to hear from anyone else who has noticed the birds, and
even from people in the general area who haven't seen/heard them so I
know where the limits of their movement are.


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