Red Wattlebird chick deaths

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Subject: Red Wattlebird chick deaths
From: Con Boekel <>
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2019 05:10:00 +0000
I found my second dead Red Wattlebird chick this morning. Both were at
the nestling stage but apparently ready to try to leave the nest. This
seems to me to be fairly usual - I generally find a dead Red Wattlebird
chick or two every year. There was no obvious trauma.

What does seem to be different is the reduction in audible begging by
Red Wattlebird chicks in this suburb. Some begging is occurring -
including by chicks that have left the nest - or even chicks that are
still in the nest, but it seems to me that there is a lot less of it
than usual.

I am no longer hearing young begging magpies at all. I doubt that any
fledglings around here have survived the drought.



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