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

Subject: Musk Lorikeets - where are they ? (includes ML references)
From: Merrilyn Serong <>
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 23:57:47 +1100
Hi Michael
At this time of year I would expect to see thousands of MLs flying south
over my house (Burwood, north of Bayside) in the morning and back north
in the evening, but as you said, nothing.
Well not exactly nothing.  There are numerous flying foxes flying east
just after sunset and presumably back west later on, but I haven't been
up to see them.
The only lorikeets here at present are rainbows.
A mystery.



> 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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