Ticking introduced birds

Subject: Ticking introduced birds
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 95 21:56:04 

I record everything I see, irrespective of whether the birds are one of the 
introduced birds, or some stray, or possible cage escapee or descendant etc.  
As well as these being for my personal interest and use, the records are also 
going to the NSW Bird Atlassers, and the two individual survey groups that I'm 
involved in (Regent Honeyeater Surveys and the Bird Monitoring Project at 
Homebush for the Sydney Olympic Organising Committee).

Hopefully these will eventually contribute in their own small way to building 
up a picture regarding the birds, particularly to identify if introduced birds 
are spreading out into new areas and therefore posing a threat to the native 
birds.  I've heard that in Perth, they very quickly kill off certain 
introduced birds, thus never giving them a chance to compete with the native 

PS  I hate the Noisy Miners at the back of my place that harass all the other 
birds (I'm at Concord West near Parramatta River and the 
Concord/Yaralla/Rivendell Hospital gardens and paddocks).  The Miners have no 
effect on the larger birds such as Pied Currawongs, Kookaburras, Grey 
Butcherbird, Magpies and the Koels when they visit, and appear to have almost 
no effect on the Rainbow Lorikeets which won't allow anything to detract them 
from feeding on the flame trees, honey gem grevilleas etc. - and the Lorikeets 
do nest nearby to my place.  However the Miners have an effect on the Eastern 
Rosellas which are also attracted to the local berries/fruits that come out 
about this time each year - the Rosellas come in and have a go at eating, but 
generally leave within an hour due to the Miners' harrassment.

Small birds have almost totally disappeared from my backyard but in this case 
the Miners are but one of a trio of impacts:  the other two are that Concord 
Council cleared much of the nearby understorey on the banks of the Parramatta 
River that provided cover to these birds, and the next door neighbours (nice 
as they are) got a cat.  At least they lock it inside at night.  I used to 
have Superb Fairy-Wrens and  Eastern Spinebills in my yard and I even enjoyed 
the chattering and antics of sparrows.  Crested Pigeons are also now a 
sometimes visitor when they used to be regular.

I can only hope that the masses of bushes and trees that I've planted over the 
last four years will provide cover for these birds and encourage their return.

Irene Denton
Sydney   NSW


<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Ticking introduced birds, identon <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU