I did a post recently about a few Rainbow Lorikeets who appeared to have moved into our garden and I thought I would do a follow-up on them.
In the beginning there were only six of these brightly coloured critters hanging around and they came and went at random.
I wasn’t too pleased about the attention they were giving to one of my tomato plants out there but I was enjoying seeing them so I just let the plant destruction go.
Still eating my tomatoes 😦
Well, here we are a few weeks later and they are still hanging around. Not just a half-dozen anymore though… Yesterday I counted 32 squabbling out there!
Number 2 son has become something of a bird whisperer, in the morning he goes out in his dressing gown with a bag of seed, makes a few high-pitched squeaks into the garden, and throws a couple of handfuls of seed out into the grass like he is feeding the chooks. Within minutes they are flying in from all directions to take over the garden.
After school the process is repeated, another few handfuls in the grass and the birds descend for dinner.
They are so noisy and I can see that I will never get a single tomato off that poor plant, but because they are beautiful they are getting away with murder!
We have had a flock of unusual visitors haunting our garden in the last few days.
One afternoon the kids were noisily riding their bikes up and down the driveway (one was a zombie, the other a brain; the chase was on!) when I was told to bring my camera and follow RIGHT NOW!
One of the native cherry trees along the driveway had half a dozen Rainbow Lorikeets feeding on it. Surprisingly they were completely relaxed about us wandering around underneath and pointing at them.
We get a lot of parrot visitors here but haven’t had this particular type before. Rainbow Lorikeets are a common type of parrot in Australia but our garden usually has a large and hungry family of King Parrots hanging around. The smaller lorikeets would be silly to get between them and their seeds that’s for sure!
I put a few handfuls of sunflower seeds on the back verandah for them (that seems to be the preferred treat for parrots around here) and wondered if they would stick around.
Within minutes they had realized there was an easy feed in the offing and were vying for the best position at the biggest pile of seeds. They have been back each day for a meal and are very photogenic!
Unfortunately they have poked holes in a few of my ripening cherry tomatoes on the verandah too. Oh well, I got a blog post out of them so it might be a fair trade (as long as they leave them alone from now on!)