Galahs and Scoth Thistle

To: <>, alan morris <>
Subject: Galahs and Scoth Thistle
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Sat, 02 Dec 2006 09:25:10 +1000
May I be forgiven for a short (mostly) non-bird posting, please.

I recall (from the 1930s) being surprised and somewhat amused, to see my
father's horses eating Scotch Thistle flower-heads.  They bit them off very,
very carefully indeed, but apparently the flavour was worth the risk.

Almost as surprising as seeing a ringtail possum happily munching on the
leaves of a Giant Stinging Tree - Dendrocnide excelsa (Laportea gigas), my
zoologist colleague Peter Ogilvie having insisted that I witness this, lest
he not be believed!

And I have seen a male Satin Bowerbird eating the leaves of the
Shining-leaved Stinging Tree (D. photinophylla).



> From: 
> Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 12:09:20 +1100
> To: "alan morris" <>
> Cc: 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Galahs and Scoth Thistle
> Last night out at the Western Treatment Plant, I saw two Galahs feeding on
> Scotch Thistle!  Galah's aren't all that common at the WTP, so i'd assume
> they came just to feed on the Thistle.
> Peter

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