RE:Currawongs 36-Small Passerines nil.......

To: "'hot line'" <>
Subject: RE:Currawongs 36-Small Passerines nil.......
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 16:31:58 +1000

Terry’s front currawong is indeed aggressive when in nesting mode.  It once attacked the fluffy cover on my mike, perhaps taking it for a possum or cat.  I had not (as we like to say on this chatline) seen that before.  I think the N Miners might be in ‘wandering’ mode.  At present I have group of 3-4 around here, where they are certainly not resident.


From: terry gourlay [
Sent: Wednesday, 8 April 2009 4:08 PM
To: hot line
Subject: [canberrabirds] RE:Currawongs 36-Small Passerines nil.......


Dear All,
           At the risk of seeming tedious I would again draw peoples attention to the dearth of small passerines in the Majura foothills behind Mackenzie St Hackett....The only birds that are prospering seem these dratted Currawongs,larger parrots and Crested Pigeons....I could have added Noisy Miners to the list but on Sunday while in the back yard,my attention was drawn to three Mynas trying to fend off  an attack on a fourth from two Currawongs,as I watched another two Currawongs came to join the fray....All over in half a minute....But I started to reflect "Strange,where are the rest of the Colony of Miners usually about Ten?" Since then I have looked for the birds in their usual haunts (Usually they stick around in a 300 yard radius of my back gate)and also a second Colony about four hundred yards along the track....Not a Sausage...Well them that live longest see the most!only time will tell.Another casualty to these vermin is the Eastern Rosella he seems to have dissapeared too,as I saw one taken by Currawongs off a feeding table about five years ago they are probably also casualties ....there seems plenty of seed for them so assuming there is no dreaded Pollypandemic I think we could reasonably assume it is the Currawong...Oh 36-nil?well I thought before the Honeyeaters come through to distort the figures I would count the Small passerines and Currawongs encountered during a half hour stroll up the hill behind my home....As an aside,there is a Currawong nest used every year in a tree in front of my home,it might make a valuable exercise for some student perhaps to examine the food remnants in that nest....Failing that why not expand the Mynah trapping to Currawongs?..

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