Re: birding-aus Musk lorikeets in Melbourne

To: "Merrilyn Serong" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Musk lorikeets in Melbourne
From: "Nigel Sterpin" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 23:03:18 +1100

I am also in Burwood. I thought they were actually Rainbows, as I thought
the Musk Lorikeets had already migrated on...I obviously wasn't being
About 6 months ago, I initiated a discussion about the increase in
Lorikeets around Melbourne. If you have a Gould League - Birds Of Urban
Areas book (published in the 1960's), you will notice that Rainbow
Lorikeets were an "accidental" sighting back then.
After all the thoughts put forward, the general consensus was that due to
the increase and promotion of "planting natives", it was considered that
the natives that have been planted, have been disproportionately favoured
to these lorikeet species. Possibly also they are more comfortable with
"urban" areas than their predators (eg:raptors) and as such are more likely
to flourish. These are only thoughts though.........

Uroo, Nigel Sterpin
> From: Merrilyn Serong <>
> To: 
> Subject: birding-aus Musk lorikeets in Melbourne
> Date: Tuesday, February 02, 1999 22:30
> birding-aus
> 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
> here.
> 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
> is.
> 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.
> Merrilyn.
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