Pied Currawongs

To: Shirley Cook <>
Subject: Pied Currawongs
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2007 14:12:17 +1000
Shirley Cook wrote:
Dear all,

The problem of Pied Currawongs spreading seeds is a huge one in the Northern Tablelands and particularly around Armidale where there are many privets, hawthorns, cotoneasters and pyracanthas. The privet in particular comes up everywhere and in some of the paddocks outside the city there are hundreds of hawthorn bushes. The Currawongs themselves are a major problem staying around and breeding up in large numbers. From time to time the council has a blitz on the privet but the other berry-producers remain a major contributor to the large Pied Currawong population that stays around all year.

Agree with Shirley. But here in Gloucester (NSW north and inland of Newcastle) the problem is privet and Camphor Laurels which also give us large flocks of King Parrots, White-headed and Topknot Pigeons (very acceptable).

Every winter a huge flock of Currawongs arrives in May, and stays till September. Their arrival each year gives the resident flocks of Little Ravens a very uncomfortable time while the status-quo is sorted out. I haven't kept accurate records of number of Currawongs but last year counted around 150 flying in one morning from the hills around to rendezvous in the Gloucester Park area along the river.

We have a problem with too many Little Ravens around Stratford and Craven where a greyhound breeder leaves out the remains of cattle carcases which he collects to feed his hounds. Yuck..... And they stay all year.

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