Carnage overnight – What happened to our nesting Grey Shrike Thrush?
Sad news today as we discovered that our regular nesting grey shrike thrush has most likely been eaten by something. We discovered a scene of feathers and a broken nest on our back verandah today. A mating pair of thrushes have been nesting in the same little nest on our verandah for at least 10 years and visiting students have been observing this years clutch of eggs for the last few weeks.The three little eggs had been disturbed but not eaten and the female thrush was nowhere to be seen. There was evidence of a huge fight with plenty of grey feathers. We have replaced the nest with eggs and spotted one thrush lurking around nearby – probably the male. We need to spot them together to see if they are both okay.
So what or who is the culprit? No evidence of the offending animal and our best guess is that it was a cat, quoll or an owl. We think it is too cold for a goanna to be involved. I am keen for some forensic testing and then a line up of possible suspects! The nest was about three metres above the deck nestled in the brickwork next to the chimney. What do you think? Does anyone have any ideas?