Advice sought re White-browed Scrubwrens breeding

To: "Barbara Preston" <>
Subject: Advice sought re White-browed Scrubwrens breeding
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 13:00:15 +1000
Hi Barbara,
I would suggest that the risk of abandonment from doing some protective work, provided you don't take a long time, is small. I had these birds breeding in my yard a few years ago and they were not disturbed by my presence. Even though on three nestings, I only found the actual nest on the day the chicks fledged but I knew they were in there somewhere. Students & staff at ANU have been studying them for years and banding them, including checking nests. We had a talk at COG within the last year I think, about the vocalisations used by WBSW in this situation. The risk of predation is very high. I would try using chicken wire if you have it. Small enough to stop Currawongs and big enough to let little birds through.
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