Meals on wheels

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Subject: Meals on wheels
From: "Jon Wren" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 01:05:44 +1000
Gooday all,
Clive Meadows reported:-
"No sooner had I parked the car when a small
group of White-Browed Scrubwrens including young appeared. They immediately
hopped up in under the car and fed off the dead insects in and around the
I have also observed this sought of behaviour by Pied Butcherbirds but on a
vehicle a lot larger than a car.
The four 2600 class Locomotives that work on the Newlands/Collinsville/Abbot
Point Project provide a generous quantity of food for the resident  Pied
Butcherbirds at Newlands Mine.
On arrival at the Newlands coal load out the birds would immediately swoop
down and settle on the handrails then proceed along the length of the engine
compartment of the four locomotives picking out dead insects that had been
sucked into the grills and filters of the engine room doors on the trip from
Pring. Apart from this they also look for a handout from the engine crew and
have become quite accustomed to the unusual noises that the locomotives
automatically make from time to time.
Young bird also join in this activity.
Jon Wren

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