Little Corellas feeding, inner Sydney

Subject: Little Corellas feeding, inner Sydney
From: e finley <>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 04:58:36 -0800 (PST)
The return of large numbers of Little Corellas to the inner Sydney suburbs as 
reported here coincides with the fruiting of the many Plane Trees in the area. 
The trees' seed balls are still green and I think it is several months before 
they would naturally begin to disperse their seeds. There is now an incredible 
carpet of shredded seed material under some of the trees, and the birds are 
spending hours on end in particular trees. One of their current favourites is 
at the Elizabeth St entrance to Central Station across from Fouveaux St; 
another favourite is a little further up Chalmers St at the Devonshire St 
tunnel entrance to Central Station. Birds in the former tree are visible if 
driving up Elizabeth St throughout much of the day. They are also resting and 
preening on nearby main station platform shelters and wires. There are juvenile 
birds present although I haven't noticed many to date. Over the last few days 
along Chalmers St and Prince Alfred Park
 in the various trees there seem to have been between 80 and 200 birds, but as 
these trees are  widespread in the inner city there could be many more birds in 
the area.
A number of other urban-dwelling parrot species feed on Plane Tree seeds, but 
as far as I can recall they do so at a later stage when the seed ball has at 
least partially dried and the seeds are probably easier to remove. Galahs and 
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos in particular feed on these, also Eastern Rosellas in 
the northern suburbs. Little Corellas may be using this food source before some 
of these others are able to do so. Goldfinches also feed on these seeds. They 
used to arrive to feed on the seeds in winter. I have not seen Goldfinches 
feeding in the Plane Trees on my street in Redfern since 2006. It may be 
coincidental but this was the first or second season in which the Little 
Corellas appeared in large numbers locally.
Eric Finley

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