Rainbow Lorikeets

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Subject: Rainbow Lorikeets
From: "Paul Taylor" <>
Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2000 08:46:27 +1000
> There have been many more than usual Rainbow lorikeets here
> recently.(Frankston, Vic)
> We were outside eating near dusk and groups of nearly 10 at a time would
> fly overhead, between neighbourhood trees, each of which were easily
> visible, so Emily could follow their progress.

My parents also live in Frankston near the golf course on Skye Road;
based on my visits, there is a large resident population in the area,
probably based out of the golf course with its large (remnant?) eucalypts.
Gardens in the area are quite mature with some large eucalypts and a variety
of native and exotic flowering plants, so food should be abundant.
Smaller numbers of Musk Lorikeets are present are various times of year;
I'm not sure if these are nomadic or resident.

> I am in two minds about how to talk about birds like mynas, Common
> Starlings and blackbirds to my children.  Things tend to be "good" or
> to a 6 year old.  So far I have described mynas as "those brown birds with
> black heads that run around like cowboys and scare away other birds".

IIRC, some of the signs along the walking tracks at Braeside Park (VIC)
describe Starlings and Mynas quite bluntly as "bad", pointing out the
problems they cause such as taking over nesting holes used by native
species.  I think Blackbirds were also mentioned.  I have no problem with
exotic feral species (including Spotted Turtle-Doves which are abundant
in Frankston) being described as "bad" to children.

   Paul Taylor                                  Veni, vidi, tici -
                           I came, I saw, I ticked.

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