A good idea, planting naturally occurring species. I decided to avoid
lorikeet-attracting species - there are plenty around already - the idea being
to try to attract thornbills and fairy-wrens instead.
Hasn't worked yet, despite plenty of them feeding in boxthorns just 100m away.
Maybe I should plant them instead.
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of Syd Curtis
> Sent: Friday, 26 March 2010 11:58 AM
> To: bird
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] large flock on Rainbow Lorrikeets,
> Strathfield railway station, Sydney, NSW
> Not quite what this thread is about, but anyone up Queensland
> way, wishing to feed Rainbow Lorikeets in an entirely
> honourable manner, just plant a Wheel-of-fire Tree,
> (Stenocarpus sinuatus.) It apparently produces copious
> nectar and they love it. (Natural range of the tree is from
> the Bellinger River in northern NSW to Atherton, N.Q.)
> I have one (plus a couple of other native trees) in my tiny
> 16 perch allotment here in Hawthorne (Brisbane) ... and
> plenty of Rainbow Lorikeets in the (summer) Wheel-of-fire
> flowering season.==============================www.birding-aus.org
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