large flock on Rainbow Lorrikeets, Strathfield railway station, Sydney,

To: Wendy <>,
Subject: large flock on Rainbow Lorrikeets, Strathfield railway station, Sydney, NSW
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 09:39:04 +1100
Wendy wrote:
I have neither seen nor heard of people feeding the Rainbow Lorikeets in
Melbourne. Is that just where and with whom I hang out?
The birds seem to do fine feeding themselves.
I know of three near neighbours here in Ivanhoe who have bird-feeders
and regularly feed all birds - Rainbow Lorikeets, Noisy Miners and Common Mynahs have increased in numbers greatly since this started.

Two of these people have the excuse that they are elderly and in poor health, They like to see colourful birds near their windows.

I believe Rainbows' competition for nest-hollows is one reason Red-rumped Parrot numbers have declined locally - as well as the tidying of local park areas and spraying Capeweed (another nasty introduced weed but Redrumps like the seed).
Anthea Fleming

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