Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The visiting currawongs

Birds seen from the balcony:

Ducks
Swans
Mudlarks
Pelicans
Unidentifiable bird of prey
Yellow tailed black cockatoos
Magpies

Unwelcome birds landing on the balcony:

Seagull
Indian mynah
Pigeon or dove

Good birds landing on the balcony:

Raven
Sulphur crested cockatoo
Butcher bird

Birds landing on someone else's nearby balcony:

Sparrows
Kookaburra
Long billed corella

And now the latest. Remember how I said I'd recently noticed the call of currawongs for the first time, although others commented they have been around for a long time. Well, here we go. Currawongs are now added to the list. They seemed to balcony hopping, probably looking for spiders. We surface spray our balcony railings to discourage spiders, but once the spray wears off, spiders quickly return. I sure other balconies have very high spider populations.

19 comments:

  1. You get a lot of variety with your birds and now Currawongs too!
    I used to surface spray my entire perimeter inside and out, but stopped when I brought Angel home as I didn't want to make him sick if he licked the floors. Now I have all kinds of creepy crawlies back again. Yuk! I'm going to have to start spraying again, but Baygon has been bought out by Raid and is no longer as effective as it was.

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    1. River, it is rare that a crawly will come inside, excepting bogong moths. I am not keen on spraying the balcony but R is. Remember days of old when insect killer would kill a fly in 20 seconds? Now they take forever to die.

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    2. I'm on the ground floor and the underfloor area is home to billions of earwigs, slaters and millipedes, and a recent new bug like a slater but hard shelled like cockroaches. When touched they curl up into a ball. Angel plays with them.

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    3. River, older place, so lots of critters around. I have no idea what the slater like critter is. Is there a native cockcroach? I think I have heard there is.

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  2. Andrew, we have had the same problem at my apartment. So we have decided to hang up a lot of CD so it works because birds are afraid of them ( probably silver colour works). It was a seroius problem for us because our apartment is empty three months yearly but birds are very intelligent.

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    1. Gosia, not really a problem for us. Yes, you could return after three months and find birds nests with babies.

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    2. It has happened twice. Can you believe?

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  3. I do love the currawongs' call. And am a bit jealous (very jealous) of your yellow-tailed black cockatoos. And the kookaburra...

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    1. EC, we are in a bit of a bird flight, and certainly bat flight corridor. The kooka did not stay long and I've only seen that variety of cockatoo once, but what a racket they made.

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  4. You get a lot of variety, mainly doves a sparrow family and two blackbirds at our place.
    Merle............

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    1. Merle, we we discussing the other day about why sparrows are disappearing. They used to be so common. Maybe they all flew to NSW.

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  5. Good variety of of birds, probably more than we have in our backyard. Sparrows are missing from here.

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    1. Funny you mention sparrows WA. I was thinking have I seen sparrows up here? No, I thought, and it is too far up to see them on the ground or flying around down below. Then lo and behold, the day this was published, I saw a sparrow balcony hopping. I've added to the list.

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  6. I've seen a few sparrows lately, not more than one or two in the suburbs, but more in the city, hanging around where people eat, in Rundle Mall and in the various food courts.

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    1. River, they amuse me as to how they go into food courts inside buildings. I guess they are protected from predators there. Some bird must be killing their eggs and there really are not many sparrows around now.

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  7. That's an impressive list of feathered friends that you see up there Andrew.. Not as keen on ravens as you seem to be.. I love my backyard visitors, not the ducks when they land in the pool though, they do ughy poos everywhere!

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    1. Grace, I don't like the way ravens empty out rubbish bins in the street and make a real mess, but they are so intelligent and interesting to watch. What's a bit of poo in the pool when it it such a good photo op.

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  8. It's a dilemma - do you spray & risk toxic overload up the bird's food chain? OR not spray and be cursed by a million bugs or ants?? Although it's an academic question for our currawongs - they are on a mission to ensure we don't get ANY mulberries from our trees!

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    1. Red, I don't like to spray but R insists. We get minimal bugs at this height, so a few spiders on the balcony, no matter. A pest bird for you then?

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