Rescuing birds

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Subject: Rescuing birds
From: "Doug Holly" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 10:32:58 +1030
G'day All,
Reading Judie Peets' story about mistletoebirds bought back memories,about five years ago,my friend Lizzy Lewis,visited me on my 20 acre scrub block, just out of Berri,she went to look at my resident White-winged Choughs' nest (it seems she is always looking at birds nests..aye ? hi hi) was not long after a wind storm,and she soon came running back to say that the nest was on the ground and the three babes were being eaten by ants,we cleaned them up and I put them into an icecream container with a manmade nest, which I then wired into a nearby tree,the adults looked on with interest, the young spent their first night inside with me..the nights were cold,the next day the adults began to feed them but would not sit on them at night,so each night for two weeks I covered them with a towel,getting up before daylight to remove the towel before the adults could see what was going on,for a few days I gave the young a bit of extra food to help them along,it was easy to do as they couldn't see and would beg on any noise or movement at the nest.It was interesting to see the adults providing shade on hot days,with wings outspread..I wonder do they take this into consideration when selecting a nest site ?The three chicks all fledged successfully and are probably still part of the large group that come daily for my wheat handouts at my front door and nest three or four times each year on my block.
Cheers Doug Holly
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