Bird Coin Thief

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Subject: Bird Coin Thief
From: "Ian Clark" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2003 11:39:27 +1000
  Very amusing story  the birds , must be cleaning out the  coin box
to use as a nest site , although I would expect they would have bought
back nesting material as well . 
 Starlings  are currently   filling  the cylinder formed by the garage
roller door with nest materials, at my house , every time the door goes
up the  nest rotates many times 

What I find interesting is that the bird in the second photo with only
rear end visible is clearly not a Starling. The story mentions several
starlings catching onto the idea and working as a team, but nowhere does
mention any other species taking part. It's a bit difficult from the
to work out what it is, but the tail is longer and the colouration
even for an immature starling. A hint of barring on the tail suggests a
cuckoo perhaps, though it's impossible to tell for sure.


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