Monday, January 24, 2011

A visit from an over-due friend

Woke up this morning to the sounds of the Rainbow Lorikeets in the backyard, a very late appearance from these cheeky chappies this year.
For the past 10 or so years we've had them swinging from the fruit trees from late Winter onwards, the previous couple of years they've even stayed on the whole year round, due to sweet bugger all food for them in their natural bush settings thanks to the enduring drought.
But this year, not a sausage of them as the heavy rains have knocked most, but not all, of the drought on the head.
Until now.
And it wasn't what has become the usual flocks of them with babies in tow which turn plain green trees into a moving mass of rainbow hues; it was a handful who deigned to stop for a breather on their way to goodness knows where.
This year the plums have been allowed to grow plump and ripen on the tree without the nibble marks wrecking the unriped half-grown fruit.
The pears, for the first time in over a decade, have sat unmolested on the ancient tree, increasing their girth, making the tree boughs bow with the weight.
The Nashi tree has been able to grow more than a single piece of fruit to maturity for the first time since we planted it 12 years ago.

In other words....just when I'm armed and ready with netting for the fruit trees the colourful little characters have taken to the wing and buggered off, leaving me to collect tonnes of fruit.
Was nice to hear them this morning!

Later edit - Feral Aspie teen tells me there is a couple who have been hanging about the neighbourhood for the past 2 days.


  1. Adds a bit to the theory that the lorikeets aren't being attracted to the city because the city environment has improved, but because they have been driven to the city by drought and land clearing.

  2. Hi! The same here, with plenty hanging out in my native trees. Kookaburras, Rosellas and red tailed black cockatoos are also making a come back. I just wish those common indian myna birds would take a permanent leave of absence.

    Take Care,

  3. All we've got down here are those pesky Sparrows i wish they would take a hike and let the native birds return as there are plenty of native trees for them to nest in.

  4. I haven't seen as many as in previous years either. A few here and there getting at the gumnuts, but that's all. I've been hoping to see many more, now that the neighbour's fig tree is almost full size again. I've got my camera ready, but no parrots.

  5. When the Rainbow Lorikeets come to Sydney, it's like having a little bit of country in the big city.