Fw: The Mouse

To: "Baus" <>
Subject: Fw: The Mouse
From: "Graham Turner" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 14:47:53 +1100

G'day Birders,
                    I was watching a wonderful display by a male variegated 
wren in my front garden yesterday, as I 'squeaked it did the 'mouse' as 
fairy-wrens often do. This is where the bird scurries around on the ground or 
on low vegetation with the tail on the ground and looks like a mouse, jennies 
do it best, I've never seen a blue and red mouse which is what this variegated 
was trying to look like. Which brought me to the question, why? Why do they do 
this? I mean it looks great from a human perspective but how can it help the 
birds? And it is the jennies that do it more often, though yesterdays display 
was lead by the male, who seems to scold and chase off the jennies when they 
started to join in on the act.

Any ideas?

Graham Turner

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