Lorikeet & Scarlet Honeyeater irruption

Subject: Lorikeet & Scarlet Honeyeater irruption
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 13:42:29 +1100
Hi all,

We are experiencing an irruption of nectar-feeding birds in the Blue
Mountains at present, particularly in the moist gullies. Flocks of Rainbow
Lorikeets are turning up throughout the upper mountains, where they are
usually very rarely seen. This morning I took a group to Pierces Pass and
there were many flocks of Little Lorikeets, Scarlet Honeyeaters everywhere,
as well as six other species of honeyeater. Yes, the Rockwarblers were
there too. Good numbers of Scarlet Honeyeaters have also been reported in
Birdwood Gully near Springwood - and are still there - and were recently at
Woodford. Noisy Friarbirds are also in especially high numbers in some

I'm not sure what is attracting them all. The Banksia serratas have been
flowering exceptionally well for a couple of months now and I'm sure that
is part of the story. We did see one Scarlet fly into a banksia this
morning. However most of them, and the lorikeets, are in the tops of the
eucalypts which don't seem to be in flower except for E. oreades which is
just beginning. Perhaps there is a good population of lerps. Also the Cedar
Wattle, Acacia elata has a good nectar flow happening. I think it's
probably a combination of all these things.

Any comments or comparisons with other areas welcome.


Carol Probets
Katoomba NSW

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