Gloucester birds

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Subject: Gloucester birds
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Sun, 03 Sep 2006 18:11:11 +1000
Dear all

Today I spent over 15 minutes watching a pair of Noisy Friarbirds meticulously climbing up and down the trunk of my 3 and a half yr old Eucalyptus sideroxylon (now about 6-7 meters high), pecking something off the surface. They never dropped to the ground and foraged from about 20 cm above ground level to 3 m, occasionally stopping to rest on the first few branches from 2.5m up. It was blowing a very gusty wind so no doubt they were avoiding the tree tops. They were eventually sent packing by one of the resident Red Wattlebirds. On investigating the tree trunk later, I could only find a few ants so guess this is what they were after, although I noticed they sometimes snatched something from the air - there were a lot of small insects flying around.

Later in the afternoon, 11 green Satin Bowerbirds took over the grass, nibbling some native understorey plants and clover. They also took unripe mulberries and were eating the flowers of my neighbour's Liquid Amber. A male Common Myna took over the birdbath and half-hearted attacks from the bowerbirds failed to stop him completing his bath. The female Myna who dropped in next, was a bit upset by the bowerbirds and after only two splashes, left them in possession - it's a small ceramic pedestal bath and at one point 5 bowerbirds were trying to bathe at the same time.

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