The world is gifted with many birds that have a melodious and wonderful sounding song, but there are also a few that somewhere along the genetic line missed out miserably and ended up with something that no one could seriously consider melodious. Amongst the latter are the likes of Crows, Gang Gang Cockatoos, Yellow Crested Cockatoos, Black Cockatoos and Corellas, to name five regulars that inhabit our region. Thankfully these five tend not to be constant visitors to our backyard, but you do hear them in the distance from time to time. We’re more blessed with the pleasant tunes of the Magpies, Rosellas, King Parrots, Blackbirds and Kookaburras; yes, Rosellas and King Parrots do have a pleasant sounding song (when they are whistling for food). Out of all the unpleasant bird noises, the Little Corellas must have the loudest and most discordant sound possible, given their size.
The sad thing about this is that these Little Corellas (I’ll just call them Corellas) are rather nice looking birds. They have a character and appearance that isn’t unpleasant in any way, even if they lack the bright colourings that you find common with the likes of the King Parrots etc. They also are far better looking than Crows, by a country mile. As I said, Corellas have been fairly uncommon in our backyard and it’s only this year that we’ve experienced any and, oddly enough, we’ve had a pair visiting several days in succession for some reason. They have been very wary of us and I suspect that’s because wherever they go, they get short shrift from everyone due to their horrid cacophony. If they would just shut up, people wouldn’t mind them. That said, it’s infinitely worse when they get together in large numbers, which is why no one encourages their presence.
The two that came visiting were very wary indeed and perched some distance away while observing the comings and goings in our backyard. They were clearly aware of our bird feeder and the fact that it had many delights within, given the Rosellas and King Parrots that were enjoying themselves (in turn of course as there is never any sharing between the two). In fact the Rosellas sent the King Parrots packing, which is something rare to see. Anyway, I guess hunger soon took over some of the caution and the Corellas decided to come a bit closer and see how they’d fare with the humans so evident. But caution wasn’t thrown completely to the winds, as much bobbing and motion was going on every time that they came closer.
Anyway, eventually they had to fully test the waters and soon one took to the bird feeder and chased away the remaining Rosella. But this only involved landing on the roost, rather than the feeder itself and, shortly after, the second Corella joined the first. I wish I could have taken some photographs and especially video of the two as they tried to work up the courage to land on the feeder itself, but as there was a cafe blind between us and the Corellas, that was impossible (for anything worth taking). The bobbing and jostling about was quite funny to watch, but every time that I carefully came out from under the veranda and off to one side (some distance away), they’d both depart. But soon they were back and eventually plucked up enough courage to land on the feeder itself and start feeding, and it was only then that I was able to come out once again and take some photographs; food and hunger clearly trumped fear.
Anyway, while the Corellas kept feeding, they thankfully refrained from squawking, so things were fine. There was no need to chase them away and, as long as they don’t invite their friends and relatives to our backyard, they can come visiting any time. I just hope that when they do, they are seen rather than heard during their visits. However, if we ever started getting Crows coming around, that old phrase ‘Stone the Crows’ would likely be enacted.