Meals on wheels

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Subject: Meals on wheels
From: "John Walter" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2001 21:09:48 +1000
Clive Meadows wrote:

> 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
> 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

We have a Campervan with a mesh windscreen protector and have also had a
number of species free feeding on butterflies, bees, grasshoppers etc stuck
in the mesh. We have often been woken in the morning in some remote spot by
the noise of birds getting a free feed. Species that are regulars are Magpie
Larks and Magpies but we have also had Wrens and the latest a few months ago
was at Cania Gorge near Monto central Qld we had several very busy

John & Ruth Walter
Pittsworth SE Qld
27 43 31S  151 38 03E

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