Corella 'scout' flocks

April 2018

How heartbreaking to read in the Courier, that little corella 'scout' flocks will be in the firing line next October. The long term approach must be considered as these birds are utilising resources we provide; they like the open habitat, food and water, in agricultural and urban landscapes.

The solution, to be created over time, is to decrease open areas where birds are not welcome, and instead of lawn, grow many more native shrubs, which are more water efficient. Corellas don't feel safe in bushland. They like single stands of trees where they feel safe, as they can see further.

So more multiple native tree planting, with the focus away from controlling the birds, on to landscape management with the help of groups such as Greening Australia, Landscape Care, Trees for Life, arborists and other community groups. Even the creation of a 'sacrificial' sight to entice them to that specific area, as a refuge for the birds.

Diane Cornelius

Lorikeets an easily recognised species

April 2018

Irrespective of what lorikeets eat, they are a protected and an easily recognised species and should never be part of a 'cull' as took place on Phillip Costa's property, in the Advertiser, Feb 7th, "Prison risk for grower in bird cull." Native lorikeets eat nectar from native flowers, soft fruit, berries and sap from eucalypts and wattles. 

The Uni SA report confirmed that "...numbers (of corellas and galahs) had grown as land was cleared for farming and housing." As native animals or birds cluster in numbers into the last bastions of suitable habitat, they become a local extinction risk.

Any that appear to be in the "wrong" place, in the "wrong" numbers, are always there because of human actions. Like galahs and corellas other flocks move in after birds are slaughtered, so this criminal act was inexcusable and unjustifiable.

Diane Cornelius