Backyard Butcherbird

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Subject: Backyard Butcherbird
From: "Rod's Gardening" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 19:26:37 +1000
Removal of our 40 year old back fence unearthed some rich pickings for the local birds, notably Magpies and Currawongs.  But I was surprised when a Grey Butcherbird suddenly arrived to join in the smorgasbord.  There has been one calling on and off in the distance for the last couple of months but this is the first time I've seen it, let alone had a visit.  At one stage it flew off and landed on the side fence where it managed to duck just in time as a Currawong which obviously took exception to its presence attacked it.  Are Grey Butcherbirds frequent visitors to Canberra gardens?
Last Wednesday while walking up Oakey Hill following the rain there were hundreds of worms on the bitumen.  I thought it strange no birds were taking advantage of the abundance and getting an easy feed.  However on the return journey there were 4 Magpies, 2 Currawongs and 2 Kookaburras all doing just that.  Smart birds!
Rod Mackay
Rod's Garden Maintenance
Tel.  0407 456 330
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