It might as well be spring...........

To: "'Charmian Lawson'" <>, "'COG'" <>
Subject: It might as well be spring...........
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 21:42:11 +1000
Fair thought but I would suggest to you that carrying a sock is unlikely to be evidence of nesting (especially at this time of year). They are likely to think it is a small furry animal. I have seen them carrying around a shuttlecock with the white lacy plastic looking like feathers and the red plastic looking like a bloodied bit of an animal, the currawong was definitely trying to eat it. Just like ravens will take golf balls thinking they are some kind of egg.
Philip Veerman
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902
02 - 62314041
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From: Charmian Lawson [
Sent: Thursday, 25 June 2009 1:57 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] It might as well be spring...........

This morning while I was in the garden, the currawongs (which I loathe) were very active indeed, flying in and out of our Chinese elm. On closer inspection, I saw that one had a piece of black plastic in its beak, and another an empty chip packet. I chased them off, and a while later saw one was back. This time it was carrying a sock still with a peg in it (as per picture).  I frightened it off, and it came back for the sock, which as I chased it away again, it dropped so that it was swinging from the branch. The sock has now gone, so presumably (and unfortunately) there must be a nest being constructed nearby...
I have noticed that the crested pigeons are displaying. The bower birds (and we have lots of them all year round) are also very active. It seems that the birds really are being conned by this warm "winter" weather.
Charmian Lawson
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