eucy flowering and nectarivorous birds

Subject: eucy flowering and nectarivorous birds
From: Chris Tzaros <>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 10:16:56 +1100
Hi David and others,

Whilst driving through a patch of box-ironbark forest north of Bendigo
yesterday (near Eaglehawk), I was astonished to come across a large number
of flowering Red Ironbark and Grey Box!  There were prolific numbers of
Musk Lorikeets and the odd Purple-crowned.  The whole central Victorian
region is incredibly dry and similarly to David's thoughts for the western
slopes of the divide in NSW, I wondered whether the region would have it's
second consecutive 'blossom failure' this winter.
Yesterday's observation however provides some hope.  Bring on the rain, and
the birds!


I'll let you know when the Regies turn up David!

At 09:06 AM 2/10/03 +1100, you wrote:
>I visited Penrith very briefly on the weekend enroute to a meeting.  I was 
>struck by the number of Noisy Friarbirds and lorikeets in what were 
>probably Forest Red Gums (I must admit I didn't look closely).
>Given the current extremely dry conditions, the lack of any substantial 
>flowering of eucalypts west of the ranges and the complete disappearance 
>of Regent Honeyeaters it well might be worth while for local birders to 
>have a closer look in this and surrounding areas.
>As it appears we will have another failing of eucs to flower west of the 
>ranges again this winter will Regents, and Swift Parrots, again move to 
>the NSW Central Coast?
>David Geering
>Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
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