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Images of Canberra – Currawong and berries

By johnboy - 21 May 2009 35

Lesley has sent in this one for the twitchers amongst you with the following note:

    I snapped this Maggie eating Red Berries (what are they???) down at Yarralumla on Sunday morning (Mother’s Day)…

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UPDATED: As readers have noted, that is a currawong, not a magpie.

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Images of Canberra – Currawong and berries
gun street girl 4:06 pm 21 May 09

Ravens are bigger and don’t have white feathers.

trevar 4:01 pm 21 May 09

I thought those big black ones were Ravens!?!?!?

Granny 3:59 pm 21 May 09

But the berries are so ripe … and sweet … and, oh, sorry!

lol

Thumper 3:53 pm 21 May 09

All currawongs look devious.

Danman 3:51 pm 21 May 09

That bird has a devious look like its stealing fruit from the farmers orchard.

chewy14 3:49 pm 21 May 09

I hate Currawongs.

Calwell Resident 3:46 pm 21 May 09

That is not a magpie

Granny 3:34 pm 21 May 09

Oh, I love this picture, and would in fact wager a grand total of twenty cents that ant is correct in the assertion that this is, in fact, a crabapple tree!

Clown Killer 3:28 pm 21 May 09

It’s also a great example of one of the environmental issues associated with exotic gardens. The berries provide a decent supply of food for the Currawongs over the winter months – a time when they would have traditionally moved west and east away from the Great Divide. Because they stay, they are then well placed to raid the nests of other birds come spring which puts a lot of pressure on our other native species.

gun street girl 3:26 pm 21 May 09

Would a crabapple be fruiting this time of year?

ant 3:21 pm 21 May 09

Could it be a Crabapple? Certainly larger berries than a cotoneaster.

gun street girl 3:20 pm 21 May 09

Some leaves seem to have jagged edges; others not (though I might be a bit blind here). I wonder if we’re looking at a cotoneaster hedge with another sort of shrub (with jagged edged leaves) growing within it?

imarty 3:16 pm 21 May 09

That was my first thought but wrong shaped leaves.

gun street girl 3:15 pm 21 May 09

Looks like a cotoneaster tree.

imarty 3:13 pm 21 May 09

Looks like a Currawong to me (the bird, not the tree). Dunno about the berries.

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