Canberra Times, 05 Sep 1953 - 'Canberra Birds On Rampage'

To: "Marg Peachey" <>, "David McDonald \(personal\)" <>, <>
Subject: Canberra Times, 05 Sep 1953 - 'Canberra Birds On Rampage'
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Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:34:44 +1000
I remember those crow traps well from my 1950s/60s childhood – and the smell of the strychnine-laced molasses (I think)  that was spread on carcases in the traps (I think the ones my Dad made just had the wire-netting on the top panel attached at the posts and drooping down the inside of the side panels, rather than a funnel, but I’m not sure). And I remember the shot eagles hung, spread-eagle, on the fences .....
That was then ... now:
We have had crows nesting in our tall E. viminalis for a few years (since pines across the road were felled), and I am pleased that I have finally become fondly disposed to them – their calls and habits ... (including stalking our resident currawong ...)


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Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Canberra Times, 05 Sep 1953 - 'Canberra Birds On Rampage'
I remember in my childhood, a long time ago, that crow traps were used to catch crows that were killing lambs.  The traps were about 3-4 metres cubed with a funnel in the top.  Crows will be crows......

On Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 4:08 PM, David McDonald (personal) <> wrote:
Hmm, our attitudes towards native birds have changed somewhat over the last 60 years - for the better:
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