Re: Meals on wheels

To: <>, "Clive Meadows" <>
Subject: Re: Meals on wheels
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 14:20:58 +1100
The Bird Observer (newsletter of theBOCA) a few years ago had a whole series of articles relating to several species (off the top of my head, I think mainly House Sparrows, White-browed Scrubwrens and maybe Magpie-larks & Superb Fairy-wrens but don't quote me on that) doing exactly that, at a variety of locations. The Bird Observer has an index, in which someone could find these reports. I have noticed the same thing several times and often at good locations for the behaviour, such as the picnic rest stop near Chiltern on the Hume highway.
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From: Clive Meadows <>
To: <>
Date: Monday, 29 January 2001 20:11
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Meals on wheels

Last week we briefly stopped in at the Coachwood picnic area within
Washpool NP north eastern NSW. 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
radiator.  Having finished they hopped off and flew back into the
bushes.Little opportunistics I thought. However another car arrived about
30 minutes later and within seconds the scrubwrens were back and repeating
the performance, this time also checking the windscreen wipers.It would
appear that this group of birds has learnt that a car brings a veritable
banquet and they hang in and around the car park in anticipation.

Rgds Clive

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