Magpie nest building technology

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Subject: Magpie nest building technology
From: Rob Roy <>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 09:47:17 +1000
If they incorporated some Miner spit (like the swallows of "Swallows-nest Soup" fame) it could become a very good paper-mache!
Seriously, what is their normal nesting material? Were they using it for "padding" inside or as a structural element?
Rob Roy
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From: Val Ford [
Sent: Thursday, 16 October 2003 7:37 AM
To: Duncan Fraser;
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Magpie nest building technology

Duncan Fraser's posting about magpies using bits  of his garden hardware reminds me of Yellow-throated Miner nests at Mt Wood camping area, Sturt National Park, NSW.
After despairing at the amount of toilet paper seen around various camping sites whilst travelling around it was great to see that the Yellow-throated Miners at Sturt N P were incorporating toilet paper into their nest structures.  Don't know what would happen if it rained whilst they were nesting!!
Val Ford
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