Mouser & Koel

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Subject: Mouser & Koel
From: "Jack & Andrea Holland" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:41:21 +1100
Very interesting Koel fledgling report David, I work nearby at the John Gorton Building and only heard a Koel there early (round 7:15, but closer to the reflection ponds) in the first two weeks of December.  So like the one currently round my place in Chapman it doesn’t seem to have been a spot of high Koel activity.
Jack Holland
Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 6:12 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Mouser & Koel

Yesterday my neighbour’s yard was home to a growling sort of sound and a magpie’s carolling.  The growl sounded a bit like a Satin Bowerbird, a couple of which have been around my place lately.  I peered through the hedge to locate the source of the sound and saw a magpie (one of a pair that have become pets around the local houses) carrying a mouse.  It dropped it several metres from where I was watching and began pecking at it like a scavenger.  I last saw this sort of behaviour by a cractacine a few years ago when a currawong chased and caught a rat.


Today I heard and saw a begging Koel in a tree in the western side carpark adjacent to the Archives Building (East Block).  A Red Wattlebird was perched a couple of metres from it.


David Rosalky

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