Anyone like some surplus currawongs?

To: "'John Layton'" <>, "'chat line'" <>
Subject: Anyone like some surplus currawongs?
From: "Pedroanddi" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2005 18:01:15 +1100
Might have thought it was a stick insect.
Surplus currawongs is probably a tautology in the current environment in Canberra and Sydney.
Peter Mellor 
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From: John Layton [
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Anyone like some surplus currawongs?

Hi all
Over the past five days, during early mornings and around dusk, we've been invaded by crowds of highly vocal Pied Currawongs. There are lots of immature birds as well as adults. This morning, I watched a mature currawong land on the carport roof. It carried a tiny stick (c.75mm long & 10mm thick) in its bill. It turned its head sideways and bashed the end of the stick against the metal roof three or four times. It repeated the process three times before abandoning the stick and flying away.
Would it have mistook the stick for a prey item? Or, perhaps, it was being playful?
John Layton.
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