mobbing behvaviour Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 15, Issue 24

Subject: mobbing behvaviour Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 15, Issue 24
From: Ronda Green <>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:33:10 +1000
When I first purchased tapes of nocturnal bird calls many years ago I decided 
to see if any owls responded on our property, and played the calls of the 
powerful owl.  Our barn owls had been calling, but immediately stopped, and we 
didn't hear them again for about 10 days.  I had started to think we'd scared 
them off permanently, and wondered what else moved out of the district.  It 
really put me off using calls for anything other than identification purposes,  
and later of course I've heard many examples of birds using excessive amounts 
of energy trying to attack intruders etc.  I've since been advised to use 
powerful owl calls to elicit mobbing responses from yellow-bellied gliders (I'm 
coordinating a survey of gliders in the Scenic Rim) but am very reluctant to do 
so.  International tourists sometimes ask me to call birds in with recordings 
because they have been with other guides who have habitually done so (usually 
outside of Australia), but I explain why I don't use them this way.


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> Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:48:37 +1000
> From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
> To: "Terry Witt" <>,
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> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Mobbing behavior
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> I am surprised that this email has not caused a mobbing behaviour from 
> birders. It go my hackles up. We all interfere with the birds to some extent 
> but this?
> Alan
> Alan's Wildlife Tours
> 2 Mather Road
> Yungaburra 4884
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> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Terry Witt
> Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 06:48 PM
> To: 
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Mobbing behavior
> I will be spending a month in S Australia Nov/Dec this year.  In the US, 
> tape of E Screech-Owl can be very effective in attracting a variety of small 
> birds (at least in the East).  Is there a similar species in S Oz that 
> causes mobbing behavior??
> Cheers
> Terry Witt
> Murfreesboro Tn, USA
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