Re: Australian Magpie feeding, Indooroopilly, Brisbane

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Subject: Re: Australian Magpie feeding, Indooroopilly, Brisbane
From: Ros Laundon <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2001 17:41:37 +1000
Hello John and All,
A bit more information John,

John Gamblin wrote:

> Dear Ros and all,
> I've broken down your email into questions, which I
> hope to answer.

> [Ros L.] Australian Magpies have been feeding on some sort of
> lawn grubs over the last couple of weeks but they
> mustn't like the "filling".
> ??????? could you elaborate please, location, time of
> day, is the grub of a known variety ??????

Location: lawns (including footpaths).  So far seen in various parts of
Indooroopilly, Brisbane. (5km S.W. of CBD).
Time of Day: Any time but definite preference for just watered lawn
grass or even during sprinkling, unconcerned at getting a shower in the
Grub: Light, creamy colour not quite as big as a full grown silkworm.
Even if I had one 'in the hand' I couldn't ID it.  Does anyone know if
the Army Worms mentioned by Ray Kelly are light coloured?

> They stand with a slight head tilt, either looking
> down or listening, and strike their bill deep into the
> lawn several times.

The holes they make in the soil are cone shaped, about 4cm deep and 4cm
across at the top.
My friend is quite pleased at having her lawn de-bugged and aerated.

Ros Laundon.

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