Carnage overnight – What happened to our nesting Grey Shrike Thrush?

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RIP ‘Pretty’ our 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?

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8 Comments on “Carnage overnight – What happened to our nesting Grey Shrike Thrush?

  1. Oh no. This makes me want to cry. It distresses me to think that your little family of nesting birds have suffered this. I hope it was a native animal, that’s the cycle of life in the wild and I can live with that, but it looks like a typical cat kill to me. They kill 5-30 animals a night. That’s millions of our native critters very day.

    • We are pretty sad too Ruth. We still have the eggs but are not sure what to do with them. We might be able to get them under a chicken incubator if no bird returns to sit on them. We will keep checking today. Our first thought was a cat as well. We hope it was not one of our neighbour’s animals. Thanks for your comment, Steve.

    • Cheers Dave – thanks for the advice we will see what we can do. Enjoy the holidays! Steve.

  2. What! Poor things…. and just as I was getting the hang of the go-pros and ipad working together. Brewongle always seems such a tranquil place. Does Brewongle have access to an incubator? How long do they take to hatch?

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    • Hi Robyn, I know – it was awful. We have left the eggs in the nest as we did not really know what to do with them. Also how to feed baby thrushes? They were cold when we found them too. Have a great holiday! Steve.

  3. Hi Steve, That’s sad, poor thing.
    If you need one, Richie has an incubator.
    Chris.

    • Hi Chris, thanks for the offer of Richie’s incubator but we decided to leave the eggs in the nest as the male bird was still around. I think they would have been cold for a while before we found them so their survival chances were low. Say Hi to the lad for me! I hope you are all well. Steve.

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