I’ve been surprised by the number of Pied Currawongs in Newstead this season. The past few years have been marked by small numbers passing through fleetingly – this winter it appears they’ll hang around. Garden fruits are one of the attractions – both introduced and native. A small party was feeding on Ruby Saltbush in our yard last weekend. The birds were too wary to allow me to catch them in the act – I wonder if that hooked tip on the beak is of some value when harvesting the saltbush fruits? Grey Currawongs lack this feature – it has a pointed beak – click here for proof.