Off-topic mystery

To: 'Tom Wilson' <>, "" <>, 'John Leonard' <>
Subject: Off-topic mystery
From: Paul Doyle <>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:37:52 +0000
Hi John/Tom,

Sorry should have been more clear.

Yes, I am in suburban Sydney (Como) and it is fairly dry at the moment, but not 
significantly hotter/drier than other summers and birds have been coming to the 
pool to drink every year without any fatalities.

What I want to know is how/why they are dying at the current rate. It’s like 
Midsomer Murders around here at the moment.



From: Tom Wilson  
Sent: Thursday, 15 February 2018 9:45 PM
To: Paul Doyle <>; 
Subject: Off-topic mystery



no comment on where you are, but if in suburban Sydney, it’s been so dry they 
may have been looking for a drink?  

(As well as my bird bath, we have used some (cleaned) saucers for flower pots 
and filled them with water to give the birds an alternative.)

Tom Wilson


From: Paul Doyle 

Sent: Thursday, February 15, 2018 8:50 PM

To:  <>  

Subject: Off-topic mystery


Hi all,

Slightly off topic but hopefully someone can help.

I have a metal-framed vinyl swimming pool, 3m diameter that I set up for the
kids in the back yard every summer.

On Monday I found a dead Noisy Miner in the pool.

On Tuesday another.

Today, a dead kookaburra.

8 years or so with no drowned birds, then 3 in 3 days.

I cannot think of any plausible explanation for this expect coincidence. Any



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