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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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monomania 10:12 pm 26 May 09

I’m sure that Currawongs are perfectly respectable members of the natural world. Those that don’t want to anthropomorphize nature are prepared to accept that to keep things in balance there are predators like butcherbirds and currawongs who since they can’t use a knife and fork resort to tearing their meal apart with their beak be it a berry or a baby bird. Otherwise we would be up to our knees in finches and snorting silvereyes with every breath.

Cletus 2 11:22 pm 25 May 09

gun street girl said :

Looks like a cotoneaster tree.

Hey gun street girl, you’re not a gunn street girl, are you? 🙂

andy pandy 5:24 pm 23 May 09

Irish strawberry is Arbutus unedo. The plant pictured is definately a Crataegus (hawthorn)

Kim F 5:16 pm 23 May 09

I’m not sure whether the technical plant name above = Irish Strawberry but I vote = Irish Strawberry

Granny 9:49 pm 22 May 09

Oh, that’s alright, canberra bureaucrat! Yes, I may have regurgitated a cracker or two. I may have developed a life long currawong phobia. But I’ll be ok …. *sigh* The doctor thinks my heart can withstand the stress of the anxiety attacks now I have the pacemaker fitted.

canberra bureaucrat 9:20 pm 22 May 09

sorry granny

mp2615 10:22 am 22 May 09

You are all very funny. Reading these threads was a real tonic. Thanks for the good cheer.

Ko. 8:15 am 22 May 09

No turning leaves = not worthy.

This is a forum for turning leaves pictures isn’t it?

johnboy 8:12 am 22 May 09

Ko. said :

Why is there no mention of the leaves turning?

Because they’re not?

Ko. 8:06 am 22 May 09

Why is there no mention of the leaves turning?

Granny 9:36 pm 21 May 09

Okay, now that has kind of ruined the picture for me ….

canberra bureaucrat 9:24 pm 21 May 09

@ #12, currawongs are devious.

While a native species and so inherently virtuous, like rats they do very well in the suburbs.

I have seen them making off with chicks (mummy/daddy birds in hot pursuit), dead rats, eggs, and of course truck loads of berries (which are then crapped onto your clothes line). I once saw one eat a hatchling in my front yard. One can only hope it was a much less virtuous, but equally prolific, indian myna or starling.

Not very savoury, but surely a winner in the evolutionary race.

GardeningGirl 7:37 pm 21 May 09

Nice pic, well caught 🙂 The currawongs are going for the red berries on my nandinas at the moment.

Granny 5:39 pm 21 May 09

Well, there goes my twenty cents!

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andy pandy 5:37 pm 21 May 09

the tree is a Crataegus, probably Crataegus phaenopyrum. Would be a great small tree except it gets hit with pear and cherry slug and like Cotoneaster is considered invasive

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