birding-aus Re: The topic of Sticks .....

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Subject: birding-aus Re: The topic of Sticks .....
From: John Gamblin <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 18:34:42 -0800 (PST)
Hilary Richrod <> wrote:

G'day all from a very wet Washington USA.
90 days of rain ....

I'm *laughing* but like the name of John Wren ..

Birds just love sticks! he was probably playing with
the stick or actually getting some cellulose off the
stick by chewing the inside bark, which birds love.

Since it's Spring there now that bit inside the bark
might be very tasty. It could be that he was amorous &
bringing the stick as sort of a "present". It could be
that if it were a lady bird, she was bringing it to a
nest site to chew up into bits for a nice nest lining,
as perhaps the stick contained some anti-mite
substance (as Crows, Ravens, etc here use Cedar bark &
chips, as it keeps fleas & bugs away)....

Hilary Richrod
Aberdeen Wildlife Centre

Thought I would relay this from my Hilary not only to
our own Jon Wren but to all as it interests me re the
Cedar bark and chips used to keep the fleas and bugs
away? do we have any such corresponding behaviour in
our birds here? would good is a stick of gum?

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