O'Connor: Brown Thornbill nest building

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Subject: O'Connor: Brown Thornbill nest building
From: Milburns <>
Date: Sun, 05 Jul 2009 23:02:13 +1000
This afternoon, only 3 days into a new GBS year, I witnessed a pair of Brown Thornbills building a nest. Actually, only one of the birds was involved in construction while the other appeared to have a purely supervisory role. My attention was drawn initially to the constructor that was industriously peeling ultra thin strips of bark from a Crepe Myrtle (/Lagerstroemia indica/), which could only mean one thing. I was interested in the fact that the species that was the source of nesting material was a very recent arrival in this locale but its potential had been recognised already by a species that was a long term inhabitant of the area.


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