Backyard invasion by Channel-billed Cuckoos

To: Jack Shapiro <>
Subject: Backyard invasion by Channel-billed Cuckoos
From: "Charles E V Nixon" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 12:02:53 +1100
Dear Jack,
        I had the same experience at Ball's Head Waverton a year ago. 
Again, 4 birds, making such a racket that I was induced to drive to 
the scene from my home across Berry's Bay, just in time to see 2 
birds fly off and the remaining pair mating, with the male(?) at one 
point flying upside down and grabbing the beak of the other bird 
with its bill. A pretty spectacular sight. The Noisy Miners, whose 
angophora patch this is, were impressed enough to be ( for them) 
relatively quiet spectators.
Ted Nixon
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