Backyard birds & cats

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Subject: Backyard birds & cats
From: "Reg Clark" <>
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2000 18:10:19 +1100
Hello all,
Further to my note of yesterday, a female Common Koel appeared followed by a
single male, late in the afternoon and a rather raucous duet ensued. I
suspect that all this attention follows the blooming of the Angophora
costata which is filling the valley behind my place with masses of white
lace. The larger honeyeaters (Wattlebirds , Noisy miners) seem to be
attracted, there are no others, which seems odd.The wattlebirds and noisy
miners do not apparently feed from the bloom but seem to be catching
insects. Perhaps angophoras are not very productive of nectar.There is such
a mass of blossom that this lack of interest by the smaller honeyeaters
cannot be simply due to the aggressiveness of the larger birds, in fact not
even the Rainbow Lorikeets are feeding off it.
Regarding the impact of cats, I had until recently a couple of wild bird
feeders which gave me much pleasure and interest until I found that I was
merely providing a killing field for three cats owned by my next-but-one
neighbour who thinks animals should run free.
St Ives, NSW,(16kms NW, Sydney CBD.)

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