Sunday, July 25, 2021

Birds in the 'hood

I was delighted to come across these lorikeets in a South Yarra side street as I took my lockdown exercise walk. This Saturday I was there at the same time and they weren't being fed. I think it is ok to feed native animals as long as it is irregular and they don't become dependant. However, once they know you are a possible food source, they will hang around, as was evident when I walked the same street today and I could hear lorikeets squawking away. That's ok. It passes the time for them. They are very noisy but ever so pretty. At times they fly past the Highrise, but so fast you never really see them, only hear them.

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  1. Like so many of our birds they are very beautiful, but not precisely musical. They are bullies too - and will chivvy much larger birds away from food they have claimed.

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    1. I didn't know they were aggressive EC. Perhaps the sheer numbers of them do the job.

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  2. They would be entertaining to watch!

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    1. It was Debby but not quite as good as seeing my first humming bird in your continent.

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  3. Sounds like a lot of drama going on there with those birds. I don't know if we are headed towards more lock downs and mask requirements. Delta variant is going through unvaccinated people. And also vaccinated people. Guess the Pfizer vaccine is only 39% effective against that variant. Disappointing, to say the least.

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    1. Strayer, we'll just call it social interaction and leave it there. Please see Diane's comment below, which I believe to be the correct Pfizer figure.

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  4. They are beautiful birds but yes noisy. Our neighbour had her grevillea tree pruned heavily and so we don't get drowned out by the chatter anymore.

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    1. Diane, yes, you never want too many birds at once.

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  5. I disagree with Strayer: Forbes article says:Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine had an effectiveness of 93.7% at preventing symptomatic alpha infections, and 88% for the delta variant.

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    1. Thanks for checking Diane and saving me the bother. Your figure is as I understand it.

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  6. Smiling wide at the lorikeets all catching up on the latest gossip. I'm wondering now if the big tree at the back of the yards is a nesting tree as it has been in the past. I'll take a walk that way in October when there may be babies learning to fly.

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    1. River, make sure you take your camera. I'd love to see young ones.

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  7. Someone recently posted a picture of Lorikeets on my Facebook page. It was a small tree in her garden that was crowded with them. A spectacular sight, but I imagine very noisy.

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    1. Cro, they are quite noisy. Noises of nature can be annoying at times.

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  8. I suppose you could be a food source but it would take military organisation for a squadron of lorikeets to bring you down.

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    1. YP, while I am not entirely sure of your meaning, I suppose I am mentally strong, if not physically.

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    2. It was a joke Andrew. I was picturing you on the ground being pecked by hungry lorikeets. I guess it is a sick kind of joke!

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  9. Having lived in colder climates, it seems strange to see warm weather birds in the wild.

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    1. Travel, I think Lorikeets are very climate adaptable but do generally prefer it to be cooler.

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  10. Beautiful birds and yes ever so noisy if a tree is near the bedroom as we have encountered their noise on our trips sometimes. The video is nice, noisy though but then all birds are which is good to hear sometimes.

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    1. Margaret, our birds are very loud as they try to make themselves heard over the noise of the city.

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  11. I love birds but not noisy ones

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    1. Gosia, they are so pretty though.

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  12. Right on both counts Andrew, pretty and noisy and as Elephant Child pointed out they are super bossy, it's quite funny to see the bigger birds waiting at the side until the rainbow lorikeets are fini eating, mini bullies ☺️

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    1. Grace, that is interesting. I've never noticed their aggression and clearly they are so.

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  13. Those are beautiful birds. They really are mobbing that feeder, aren't they?!

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    1. Steve, they sure are and it isn't something that would happen in the wild.

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  14. I don't think I'd mind the sound of the lorikeets; they remind me of the budgie I had as a child (poor budgie; I'd never have a caged bird now). Maybe I'd mind if it was constant, though :)

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    1. Jenny, caged birds......we'll just add that to the list of what we once did wrong and see things very differently now.

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