|To:||"'Robin Eckermann'" <>, "'Barbara Allan'" <>, "'canberrabirds'" <>|
|Subject:||a maggie's dinner?|
|From:||"Philip Veerman" <>|
|Date:||Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:18:16 +1000|
The issue about Maybe someone knows whether in fact mice on the way out due to the effects of rodent bait are a hazard for birds has been a topic on Birding-Aus recently. Although more concern given about raptors than magpies. As with most of these things, I don't think there was a single complete certain answer. But then I did not follow it that closely.
-----Original Message-----At 05:18 PM 30/06/2011, Barbara Allan wrote:
From: Robin Eckermann [
Sent: Thursday, 30 June 2011 5:33 PM
To: Barbara Allan; 'canberrabirds'
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] a maggie's dinner?
On leaving the Pinnacle around lunchtime today, I saw a magpie lift off from the dry grass somewhat less gracefully than usual. Dangling in its claws was a mouse – probably live, from the amount of movement that went on. Another maggie quickly joined in. The two of them flew off too far for me to see what happened next. But I was interested to read in HANZAB that mice are a know prey item for magpies. b
In fact I too saw something similar and got a picture - albeit not a very good one - of the Magpie with a bedragled mouse in its beak. With all the baits around, I can only hope that they don't get any that have been poisoned. Maybe someone knows whether in fact mice on the way out due to the effects of rodent bait are a hazard for birds?
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