Blood on the Ainslie streets

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Subject: Blood on the Ainslie streets
From: Robin Hide <>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 20:36:32 +1000
Returning at noon today to Toms Crescent in Ainslie I saw/heard a commotion on the nature strip where 4-5 youngish magpies were pecking at the head of a bird on its back on the ground. They moved away when I approached to investigate - I found an immature King Parrot complaining vigorously with an open wound on its crest. Returning a minute later with a towel to wrap it in, the magpies were back on the attack. I retrieved the parrot, wrapped it firmly and drove it to Wildlife RSPCA at Woden where nothing seemed to be broken (though one wing was stiff  - perhaps the bird had flown into a moving car and was set on by the magpies while stunned?). Left it to their tender care.

Later this afternoon, walking up Chisholm St toward Mt Ainslie, I watched from about two metres some 8-10 shrieking and aggressive Noisy Miners besetting a Red Wattlebird in a small leafless street tree. Eventually they seemed to tire and moved on, letting the WB withdraw, apparently with only fluffed feathers and a loss of dignity.

Robin Hide

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