Small Birds and window reflections

Subject: Small Birds and window reflections
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:58:53 +1100
From time to time a pair of White-browed Scrubwrens take exception to their reflections in the windows. The male attacks them and the female perches on the fence and calls and chatters, encouraging him. When I stick up a hawk silhouette, they cease their attacks immediately. Likweise Brown Thornbills, though I can't sex them. Today we have a pair of Spotted Pardalotes attacking their own reflections, usually clinging to the window frames and bricks but sometimes fluttering up to hover. I felt they should not be wasting time and energy in this way, so put up a hawk cut-out. They are taking no notice whatever. Both birds attack - the female is as persistent as the male. I was able to take several photos. But why don't SPs care about a falcon shape, when Scrubwrens and Brown Thornbills do? Problem - will they give up and get on with life if left alone, and could they be hoping to nest in the adjacent fire-wood stack?
   What a mistake it is to clean the windows.

Anthea Fleming

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