are Red Wattlebirds getting smarter

To: 'Canberrabirds' <>
Subject: are Red Wattlebirds getting smarter
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 22:51:19 +0000

Morning all,


We are still a little way off hearing from our “favourite” spring/summer visitor, the Pacific Koel,  which gives the local Red Wattlebirds such a hard time when the koel finally arrives. This morning I noticed a wattlebird disappear into a tall Melaleuca in my front garden. A quick visit to the bush showed a wattlebird sitting on a nest, obviously trying to get at least one clutch through before the koels  arrive in the neighbourhood. This nest is generally a lot earlier than I have previously noted so are the wattlebirds adapting to the time when the koels are here? It makes one wonder!


Also on nests at present are one of the local Australian Magpie groups and the local Australian Ravens have been seen carrying sticks.



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