As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Like a scene from Hitchcock’s The Birds, Aldinga’s plague of brutal corellas is trashing the town, writes Rex Jory

February 28, 2016 10:30am
REX JORYThe Advertiser

DUSK in the little town of Aldinga on the Fleurieu Peninsula is astonishing. Every night since Christmas tens of thousands of white corellas or bare-eyed cockatoos have descended on Aldinga in plague numbers.

It’s like a scene from the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, The Birds. It is an extraordinary and frightening sight magnified by the shrill and piercing call of the birds. The vivid white cockatoos are trashing the town.

Residents and business people are powerless to stop the daily invasion which starts around 7pm and lasts beyond midnight. The corellas are incredibly noisy, offensively messy and brutally destructive.

The little town is littered with white feathers, splashes of cocky droppings and twigs and pine cones which the birds strip from the town’s native and introduced trees. Aldinga looks a bit like the bottom of a giant cocky cage. The possibility of health dangers from faeces and feathers can’t be ignored.

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