Commotion at Nicholls,

To: "'John Harris'" <>, "'Canberrabirds'" <>
Subject: Commotion at Nicholls,
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:30:09 +1100
If you mean "I suppose this counts as a breeding record!" for the Magpie, then it is "CF". Although it may have nothing to do with a breeding record for the Magpie. This behaviour is marginal for Magpies, though of course very standard for their relatives: Currawongs & Butcherbirds.
If you mean "I suppose this counts as a breeding record!" for the Silvereye, then it doesn't amount to much. I would tend to leave it out. It depends on whether you would think the chick was old enough to have fledged. The only thing one could assume is it is evidence of NY, although that associates the location record with the nest which you may not know, so may not be right. Or if old enough, then it would be DY as the parents were clearly still taking an interest in it.
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From: John Harris [
Sent: Friday, 10 January 2014 5:01 PM
To: Canberrabirds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Commotion at Nicholls,

A great commotion outside this morning, at least a dozen silvereyes dive-bombing a magpie. Closer inspection revealed that the magpie had a baby silvereye in its beak. Several other magpies were also hassling the first magpie, and disputing ownership of the morsel. The whole event caught the attention of the currawongs and the mudlarks who also seemed very interested in grabbing the prize. The silvereyes desperately bombed the lot of them until the magpie had the little fledgeling tightly enough to fly off, accompanied by the currawongs and other magpies, all harassing it to grab the little bird. All flew off the Percival Hill in a cloud of squeaks and screeches.
I suppose this counts as a breeding record!
Does anyone have a suggestion as to what code to use?

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