Secure parking Swallows

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Subject: Secure parking Swallows
From: John Layton via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2021 05:06:01 +0000
I have read accounts of Welcome Swallows hovering in the path of beams in order 
to open doors of buildings!

John Layton

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From: Canberrabirds  
On Behalf Of Alison Rowell
Sent: Thursday, 9 September 2021 2:31 PM
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Secure parking Swallows

Many Welcome Swallows used to roost securely overnight in the House of 
Representatives underground car park and also relied on car movements to let 
them out in the morning. In the Parliament House public underground car park 
some years ago a pair of Pied Currawongs found that by building their nest on 
the illuminated Exit sign their young could be kept warm by the light while the 
parents hunted for moths around the car park lights at midnight. I wouldn’t 
have been surprised if that pair raised two sets of young that year. 
Alison R

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From: Canberrabirds <> On 
Behalf Of Isobel Crawford
Sent: Thursday, 9 September 2021 1:13 PM
To: calyptorhynchus <>
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Secure parking Swallows

Australian Magpie Larks at National Library had perfected this technique too. 

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> On 9 Sep 2021, at 12:54 pm, calyptorhynchus via Canberrabirds 
> <> wrote:
> Walking along Irving Street Phillip this morning I watched two swallows swoop 
> down the ramp of a below-street car-park under one of the new apartment 
> blocks. They perched on a sign and I noticed that one was carrying a feather 
> in its beak.
> Within a few seconds the automatic gates began to open to let a car exit and 
> both swallows swooped underneath and went inside.
> The presence of the feather in the beak of one and the fact they were a pair 
> made me infer they had begun a nest in there and had already worked out the 
> access routine. I hope people come and go often enough for them to to be able 
> to access as often as they need to
> -- 
> John Leonard
> -- 

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