crested pidgeons

To: <>, "William Compston" <>
Subject: crested pidgeons
From: "Barbara Preston" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 20:44:17 +1100
Hi Elizabeth
A few years ago a pair of CPs nested over more than two years in a hakea 2 metres from my first floor office window, at eye level (over the top of my monitor) as I sat at my desk. There were more than half a dozen pairs of offspring over that time. I cannot remember all details of my observations, but certainly for up to a week after I was able to get a glimpse of small chicks they would usually not be visible, and feeding of them was not obvious - no peeps that I remember. Fears re the currawong are sure to be well-founded . . . Currawongs were (and still are) frequently skulking around in our garden, and fewer than half the CP offspring lasted to full fledging (as in leaving the nest) - and a couple of days after I had seen one pair of young moving easily around the hakea then disappearing, I found a headless carcass that matched them in our back yard, where there was a currawong nest high in a E. viminalis. One or both eggs also went to the currawongs. I called the nest the currawong food factory . . . . but if all the young CPs had become adults there would have been a fair population explosion. I have a CP pair now nesting in a less easy to observe spot (closer to the ground, but in a dense shrub). I have not differentiated the male from the female adult, but had thought I saw nest duties being swapped from time to time. I will try to observe more carefully . . . .
Barbara Preston Research
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