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    Default Joe Blakes

    It wont be long now until the wee birds (blue wrens, scrub wrens, honeyeaters even sparrows) start giving out warning cries of snake snake. I can always rely on our feathered friends to let me know exactly where they are. Isn't nature wonderful.

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    Sure is, our Maggies will hassle the snake so much that it will move on.

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    Saw our first bush tiger a couple of days ago, well, Cath did. Sure enough it was the little birds that alerted her to it's exact position.

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    I have just been clearing a lot of lantana and rubbish on my property with an excavator and I was sure I would of seen a few but nothing.
    i am always on the lookout but donít see many. They donít worry me and always move on themselves, last season saw a few tigers and red bellies and one Diamond but that was it

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    Just saw a couple of red bellied blacks mating, quite an experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HUON View Post
    It wont be long now until the wee birds (blue wrens, scrub wrens, honeyeaters even sparrows) start giving out warning cries of snake snake. I can always rely on our feathered friends to let me know exactly where they are. Isn't nature wonderful.
    Really ! Ill have to pay closer attention. Would they do the same for an Echidna ? or a Dog?
    I notice they all carry on when I walk around the corner of the back shed which leads to the bush . They warn each other about a bloke about to use the bush dunny I think.

    I'm keeping an eye out for the snakes . A few were spotted last year.

    None yet.

    Rob

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    I've found that the small birds get a bit tetchy with critters that they see as a threat to their nestlings. Such as cats, rats, snakes and cuckoos plus other birds that prey on them. I know that the New Holland honeyeater doesn't like the Cuckoo Shrike thrush, even "our" Satin Bower birds give the thrush a hard time.
    Another thing to keep in mind is that brown snakes can climb, so have a good look before you stick your head in the bush to see what the fuss is about.

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    PS, don't get me wrong about the grey shrike thrush. They're beautiful birds, we have a couple that sit on our laps and eat out of our hands. Can get a little crowded when the King parrots want to sit on our laps.

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    A week back one of the dogs was sniffing at a pile of square hollow section One meter off cuts sitting on the ground about 4 meters from my shed Roller door. I flipped a few over and out came a blue tongue Lizard. We left him alone and that was that.

    A few days later, were standing around with some visitors, The Dog starts sniffing at the pile of steel again. I grabbed a stick and flipped some steel off. This time a Lowland Copper head comes shooting out ! A small 500 mm one. He came darting out straight at the two girls, our wives. They ran off screaming . At the same time the snake turned back to the steel and went up inside a length with a welded up opposite end . I blocked the opening and tipped him into a cut in half plastic 200lt drum that was close . We let him go after a few minutes into some long grass nearby and that was that. No sign of him hanging around since then.

    I'm just hoping I don't get one in the shed.
    One Blue tongue made his own way in then out again at the other end .
    There is a lot of places to hide under in the shed.

    Rob

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    I had a visit this morning from old mate and he sampled one of my chickens

    He was on his way when done

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    Is that why they say that snake tastes like chicken

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