Rescuing birds

To: Doug Holly <>
Subject: Rescuing birds
From: John Gamblin <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 20:24:10 -0800 (PST)
I wonder would doug like this?

Come listen to a story,
About a man named Doug,
A happy little fella,
That raised three little chough,
Whilst out in the field,
Working on some food,
Along the ground came his chough brood,
were those being ant chewed,

So the first thing Doug did,
Was to give plenty of fresh air,
His kin folk said hey Doug what have you got over
He said come and look, up in this tree,
Birds like ice cream, just like me,

Oh Dougie, Dougie Holly,
King of the Oz frontier :-]


John A. Gamblin.

Sorry folks it's this heat? wonder should I send some
to THEE BUSH? we could all have a whip round for the
moustache to buy him a bottle or two? never know it
might help stop the slaughter of bowerbirds? I don't
get angry I get even.



Doug Holly <> wrote:
From: "Doug Holly" <>
To: "birdingaus" <>
Subject: Rescuing birds
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) .. it 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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