Backyard Butcherbird

To: "'Rod's Gardening'" <>, <>
Subject: Backyard Butcherbird
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:10:38 +1000
Hi Rod,
You asked  Are Grey Butcherbirds frequent visitors to Canberra gardens? Obviously this question is answered in The GBS Report, of which you have a copy. However I would also indicate that the species has significantly increased its abundance and prevalence in Canberra gardens since The GBS Report was published. This trend is shown from the COG ABR since then. Unfortunately though, with no update of The GBS Report available or likely, that is about it for published cohesive information to address your question. Not surprisingly and I think I have mentioned this before, the book Birds In Canberra Gardens V2 does not display the intelligence to provide any mention of this information.  This has all been written before on this chat line in the last year or so. The change is in itself curious, as the species is a common urban bird elsewhere. I think it has just taken time for it to learn to adapt locally. 
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Sent: Monday, 16 July 2012 7:27 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Backyard Butcherbird

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
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