UNDER ATTACK: Loud, amusing, annoying, destructive, Gympie's corellas are back with a vengeance.
UNDER ATTACK: Loud, amusing, annoying, destructive, Gympie's corellas are back with a vengeance. Arthur Gorrie

UNDER ATTACK: It's Gympie pandemonium as birds attack

IT'S pandemonium in Gympie region as the regular corella invasion hits home.

The pine trees near Myall and Jane Streets are under regular and noisy attack and residents possibly can be thankful for small mercies as the birds live up to their collective noun - a pandemonium.

And pandemonium is what it is from about 4.30pm most days, according to the person who should know best of all, Myall St resident Jane Frame, who lives almost underneath the most badly affected pine tree.

 

PARROT PARTY: Noise complaints from the neighbours mean nothing to these unstoppable party animals. The famously noisy Gympie Corellas have stripped this long suffering pine tree at the corner of Myall and Jane Streets.,
PARROT PARTY: Noise complaints from the neighbours mean nothing to these unstoppable party animals. The famously noisy Gympie Corellas have stripped this long suffering pine tree at the corner of Myall and Jane Streets., Contributed

She wonders if it can possibly recover from the bird attack which has left it not only bare, but with only the remains of bare branches as well.

"They come at about the same time every day and you can here them coming as they head here from their last meeting place," she said yesterdayt.

"Other than the noise they don't really bother me - oh and also other than killing that tree."

Reports from all over coastal Australia, from west to east, indicate we are not the only ones to find ourselves in the middle of an invasion of what are considered by some to be mainly inland dwellers.

In 2017, apparently a bad year for this phenomenon, the birds seem to have been especially troublesome in Geraldton on the west coast and Nowra on the east.

Although the birds generally eat seeds, including pine cone fragments, they sometimes seem to just like a chew, on just about anything.

The birds' eating, or just plain chewing habits were described as "ferocious" in one coast city, Nowra, where in 2017, they seemed to be setting out to eat almost everything, stripping many trees of various kinds and attacking even the rubber seal around windows, skylights and street lights.

Air conditioning units were not safe either as any chewable insulation or seals were considered fair game.

Structural and cladding timber has also often been on their menu, causing alarm to home and shed owners wondering where the destruction would stop.

In Gympie they are not usually too much of an annoyance, except for the sometimes incredibly loud noise as they party into the night, hundreds at a time in trees such as those in Memorial Park.

Now it is the pine trees near Myall and Pine Streets that seem to be the target.

Neighbours report trees being stripped bare in some cases.