Pied Currawongs are clever and curious birds.
This one was photographed this morning at the bird bath. Initially I was puzzled as to why it would be attempting to pierce the ice-crust that had formed overnight (it was ‘feels like’ minus 5C).
Then I noticed the shape on the surface of the ice – a currawong pellet, regurgitated by a previous visitor I would assume.
Pied Currawongs are omnivores, feeding on seeds, fruits, insects and small vertebrates when they can get them. In the town gardens over winter there is a wide variety of suitable tucker. The pellets are ejected a short time after feeding, often within 30 minutes or so and contain the hard remains of the recent meal. Beetle wing-cases and sometimes small bones can be found mixed in with plant material.
You may have noticed and wondered about these objects appearing in the garden at this time of year.