FW: [Birding-Aus] Urban Red Rumps

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Subject: FW: [Birding-Aus] Urban Red Rumps
From: "Bob Dawson" <>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 11:47:54 +1100
Looks like they are more common around the subs than I thought! Previously I 
have only noticed them in semi rural or fringe suburbs like Eltham.

Hi Anthea, I hope they don't go ahead with the nest as I am sure the eggs would 

The site they are checking out is a horizontal metal box channel approx 
50x75mm. It is about 3 to 4 meters of the ground so not accessible and is in 
full sun all day. Nothing else has ever tried to nest there as I think I would 
have noticed.


-----Original Message-----
From: brian fleming 
Sent: Monday, 22 November 2010 6:01 PM
To: Bob Dawson
Subject: Urban Red Rumps

   Not only that, but it would be almost impossible for young birds to
climb up inside, if it's placed vertically.  Redrumps can live in urban
areas providing there is seeding grass to feed on and a supply of old
trees with nest hollows. There are plenty of Redrumps in Royal Park, but 
the Rainbow Lorikeets are, I believe, displacing them. In Albany, WA, I
saw a pair of Western Rosellas nesting successfully in  a roof - they
gained access via a broken tile. Owners said "They've come back for
three years."
   I think I would try blocking any hole they might get into the channel 
section by - is it metal or concrete? They might survive in concrete or
cement. And is it horizontal or vertical?  How high from the ground?
It can't be very desirable if there isn't a Mynah's or Starling's nest
in it already!
   The late Keith Richards of BOCA photographed Eastern Rosellas nesting 
in the bottom of a cut-off hollow tree-stump. He always explained when
he showed that slide that this was because there were so few big trees
around now.  There were five eggs down among the roots below
ground-level - the stump was being used as a fence-post.

Anthea Fleming


On 22/11/2010 3:19 PM, Bob Dawson wrote:
> Hi all
> I'm used to seeing Red Rumped Parrots at the Fawkner Cemetery when I drive
> passed on my way to and from work, but today there is a pair seriously
> checking out a piece of square channel used as a gate support in the street
> where I work in Brunswick. The nearest park would be about a kilometre away
> and there is very little around here other than houses, offices and small
> factories. (Although Royal Park is not too far away)
> Are they becoming more urbanised? Or have they always been like this and I
> have just not noticed. I have been working here for 10 years now and have
> not seen them around here before, even in the parks and only started seeing
> them at Fawkner in the last 2-3 years. Maybe it's a drought thing?
> Whatever, I hope they don't go through with the nesting as it will be like
> an oven once the hot weather is truly upon us and I would be surprised of
> success.
> Cheers
> Bob
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