Re: birding-aus pine birds

To: Merrilyn Serong <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus pine birds
From: Atriplex Services <>
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 17:42:10 +0930
Merrilyn's message jogged my memory. Apostlebirds use pine trees in
exactly the same way at Cadell, South Aus., where they are planted as
shelter belts around farm paddocks. The nests are difficult to
distinguish from the piner cones from ground level.  We currently have a
Spiny Cheeked Honey-eater nest in an isolated pine tree in our garden
(surrounded by native shrubs and mallees and next to a small exotic
garden). The nest is directly under one of many pine cones and about the
same dimensions - great camouflage, I imagine. I've seen Willy Wagtail
nests masquerading as pine cones also.Sulphur Crested Cockatoos raid the
cones as a favourite food source.

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