Bush Rat drinking at bird bath

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Subject: Bush Rat drinking at bird bath
From: "Val Ford" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 07:48:11 -0800
At lunchtime yesterday, I was lamenting the fact that the "autumn in my
garden" birds were only Red Wattlebird, Grey Butcherbird, Common Blackbird,
Spotted Turtle-Dove, Brown Thornbill, White-browed Scrubwren, Grey fantail,
Australian Magpie and Singing Honeyeater.
Ever hopeful of seeing another bird species I looked towards the above
ground pedestal type bird bath.

What had caught my eye was in fact a Bush Rat hanging on to the rim.  It was
there for quite a while drinking and resting then drinking again.  There was
obviously something wrong with it however I don't know if it was injured or
maybe poisoned.  When it finally left the bird bath it laid stretched out in
the sun on the pavers for some time before disappearing - probably going off
to die somewhere.

Val Ford
Sorrento, Vic

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