Feeding birds

To: Simon <>
Subject: Feeding birds
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 22:43:13 +0000
Thanks, Simon. Others have given the same confirmation. I might investigate 
setting up a permanent slow drip in one of the denser bushes so it favours the 
small birds.

Peter Shute

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> On 4 Feb 2016, at 9:06 AM, Simon <> wrote:
> Peter, the risk of disease spread by birds drinking from a dripping tap is
> negligible. The biggest risk is faecal and dander contamination of feeding
> sites, and the risk of bird-to-bird transmission of diseases like
> psittacosis as birds jostle for position on the feeder.
> Simon Robinson
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> Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 05:19:10 +1100
> From: Peter Shute <>
> To: Penny Brockman <>
> Cc: Birding-aus <>
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Feeding wild birds
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> Regarding the spread of disease via bird baths, we have birds that come and
> hang upside down drinking from a very slow drip from a garden tap (about a
> drip per minute). Could disease be spread that way?
> Regarding leaving pet food outside, I suspect that's a major food source for
> mynas in some places, and foxes too.
> Peter Shute

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