Blackbirds versus Brush Turkeys

To: "Allan Morris" <>, "birding Aus" <>
Subject: Blackbirds versus Brush Turkeys
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 00 08:04:35 +0000
Hello All
Gardeners in the Top End have a similar problem with Orange-footed 
Scrubfowl.   And their numbers seem to be expanding.  This I imagine is 
due to the expansion of suitable habitat.  This is in part due to 
development (but perhaps not in my area where the choice is for flats and 
units and gardens are being destroyed), but also the overall increase in 
rainfall and number of rainy days since records began.  

I have a patch of relict monsoon forest in my garden, and until five or 
so years ago new seedlings didn't survive the ery hot months of 
October-December, without copious watering.  Now I don't water but still 
Carpentaria palms, a 'Carallia brachiata', Freshwater Mangrove and myriad 
other trees have taken over the backyard, immobilising my clothes line 
and making the growing of sun-loving vegetables difficult.  

I still place bricks around the base of the few plants I have left, to 
prevent the scrubfowl from digging them up, but I can see a time in the 
not too distant future  where I will be able to grow nothing but 

Allan, as an ex-alderman I understand your relief at not having to deal 
with irate ratepayer/voter/gardeners.  However I wish I could retire my 
conflict resolution skills as easily.  


Denise Goodfellow (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)
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