Fwd: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Dead birds travelling.

Subject: Fwd: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Dead birds travelling.
From: "jon wren" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 12:40:18 PST

Anthea reported the following incident involving a dead bird.

Paul's Painted Button-Quail sounds a bit like the male Red-capped Robin
I found in Greville St Prahran a few years back - also dead, and
unfortunately rather high. I saw it lying on the road, close to the
gutter, as I returned to my car from visiting Andrew Isles' bookshop.
Nearby was some dry grass or hay, not of any kinds I know in the
Melbourne region. I assume the bird was killed up in the bush, lodged
with the grassy stuff on bumper or bullbar, and that the driver cleaned up the car or truck once parked in the city. I told Museum of Victoria about it. It was amazingly conspicuous lying on the road - at first I thought it was a bit of Christmas decoration or one of the artificial birds used by window-dressers.
  Anthea Fleming

On taking over a train at Pring (just North of Bowen, Qld.)I noticed a bundle of feathers caught up in the cow-catcher at the front of the loco. On closer inspection it turned out to be a relatively fresh kill of a Spinifex Pigeon. The train had just travelled down from Townsville and probably had come in from Mount Isa the previous day. A new bird for the Bowen Shire birdlist, I think not, but still recorded in my notes.

Jon Wren
PO Box 868
Bowen (Climate Capital of Australia)
Queensland Australia 4805
Phone 07 4786 2614H Mobile 0412 789 285
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