Two breeding records

To: "Paul T." <>
Subject: Two breeding records
From: Sue Lashko <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2010 23:21:19 +1000
One of the more unusual WB Scrubwren nesting spots that I have seen was in an old tin hanging on the wall inside a shed on a Gunning farm (on a COG outing).  The farmer kept small lengths of fencing wire in
 the tin, so it clearly wasn't the most comfortable nesting spot, you would think.  However, the birds had moved the wire to the sides, added nesting material and were very safe and happy, out of the weather and hanging from a vertical wall safe from predators.
On Mon, Sep 6, 2010 at 7:48 PM, Paul T. <> wrote:
At 04:57 PM 6/09/2010, you wrote:
In the last day i have been told of the following records from the Carwoola area
  • Grey Shrike-thrush - nest with one egg in same ice-cream container as last year.
  • White-browed scrubwren- nest with young.  They appear to have fledged this afternoon, just before I arrived to inspect the nest.  Interestingly the nest was in a coil of rope hanging on a wall in a farm shed.  While an unusal site this exactly matches one of the examples cited in HANZAB!  It is also early but not impossibly so.

Martin et al,

White-browed Scrubwrens have nested regularly at the Parkwood nursery out near the old Belconnen Tip ..... in the building, not in the nursery.  They've nested in hanging baskets of ferns (successfully, raising chicks), one year they nested between cactus pots on one of the tables inside (unsuccessfully, abandoned as disturbed too often)...... they don't seem that fussy exactly where they nest as long as they're reasonably well hidden and have an escape route.

Just thought you and others might be interested.


Paul T.
Higgins, ACT

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