A query about White-winged Choughs and soil

To: Isobel Crawford <>
Subject: A query about White-winged Choughs and soil
From: Nathanael Coyne <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 20:59:46 +0000
In Washington we observe ptarmigans dashing out of the cover of the shrubs, desperate to plop down in the middle of the track and have a good dust bath right in front of us before scurrying back across the other side.

Nathanael Coyne

Canberra, Australia
0431 698 580

On 17 July 2016 at 21:37, Isobel Crawford <> wrote:

this is an excellent description of W-w C dust bathing to me.


On 17/7/16 at 5:53 PM, (Robin Hide) wrote:

Do Ww Choughs use clay/soil for other purposes than making nests?
This afternoon amongst pines between the RC Golf Course and Warrina Inlet there was a large flock of Choughs, some of which appeared to be pecking at soil at the foot of a pine.
They would then fluff up their feathers and appeared to be applying soil to them.
The soil where they had been pecking.
I saw similar behaviour late one evening (full  dusk) beside pine trees in urban Challis Street in Dickson about 6-8 weeks ago- though there they just appeared to be pecking at the ground.
Robin Hide

Ms Isobel Crawford,
Australian Botanical Surveys,
POB 6031,
O'Connor  ACT  2602.

02 6257 1860

0429 798 887.

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