Musk Lorikeets - where are they ? (includes ML references)

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Subject: Musk Lorikeets - where are they ? (includes ML references)
Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 11:21:15 +1100
No sign of Musk Lorikeets here in Bayside, SE Melbourne,
although they usually arrive about the first week of
December with hundreds around before long. 

Some of their favourite plants - the West Australian
Flowering Gum (Corymbia - ex Eucalyptus - ficifolia) are in
bloom so absence of nectar cannot(?) be the reason for the
absence of these birds.

Are they in unusual numbers somewhere else ?  Or did the dry
weather affect the orchadists crops north of the Divide so
the birds had a bad breeding season...? 

Michael Norris
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