Currawong Highway

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Subject: Currawong Highway
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2008 09:24:17 +1100

To me one of the most obvious migrations, if we’re going to use that _expression_, is of the currawongs.  Perhaps I just live on the Currawong Great Trunk Road.  Over the last few days the racket from the arrivers/transients has been deafening at the peak voice times, 0630-0730 and 1700-1830 EADST.  It is beyond me to describe the variety of sounds that they use.  Basically, there is the currawong anthem that varies from the full ‘Currawongs, Currawongs, Forever!’ down to a tentative ‘curra’ from the odd bird (probably a footballer) that can’t remember all the words.  Then there is the Slow Whistle, which ranges from a conversational nasal ‘whay’ up to the full mournful ‘whay-er-roo-er’.  One bird has been provoked into joining in with the monotonous ‘what no beer’ call more usually heard early on Spring mornings.  As that sound is very localised, apparently from the one tree, I think it is probably a local resident sending some kind of message to the arrivers/transients.   

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