Its an interesting read.
I do like how they are keen for the locals to tell them about these sightings.
They didn't seem super keen when I first reported it and even tried to tell me
I had been seeing a Spangled Drongo.
despite telling them its an adult in full plumage with a bright yellow bill.
They were still unable to check out the area a few weeks after the first
sighting and took a local in the end to put in the effort and destroy the pest.
The previous report I made about 6 years ago took them 2 weeks to finally have
a look for it and they went out once and couldn't find it and it got away.
Its lucky us locals are so keen on making these pests not established in the
area other wise its a lot of effort.
On 12/07/2013, at 2:06 PM, Peter Shute wrote:
> This starling alert for Broome might be of interest to some.
> Peter Shute
> Sent from my iPad
> Begin forwarded message:
> From: "Lloyd, Sandra"
> Date: 12 July 2013 3:59:20 PM AEST
> To: IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group
> Subject: [Aliens-L] Broome residents to be on the lookout for pest birds
> (Western Australia)
> Reply-To: "<>"
> Department of Agriculture and Food
> Media Statement
> 3 Baron-Hay Court, South Perth, Western Australia 6151
> Telephone: (+61 8) 9368 3333 Fax: (+61 8) 9474 2018
> 12 July 2013
> Broome residents to be on the lookout for pest birds
> West Kimberley residents are reminded to report sightings of unusual birds
> following the discovery of a starling 30km east of Broome.
> Department of Agriculture and Food technical officer Roland Nicholls said a
> member of the local bird watching group had reported a sighting of the pest
> bird, which had subsequently been removed by a local landholder.
> Mr Nicholls said starlings posed a threat to agriculture and the environment,
> destroying crops, spreading disease and competing with native birds.
> A starlings program is underway in the south of the state to prevent the
> establishment of the birds flying in from South Australia but sightings of
> the bird in the Kimberley are extremely rare.
> Mr Nicholls said it was most likely the bird had flown in from a ship.
> “We congratulate Kimberley Birdwatching for informing us of this sighting and
> we ask residents to continue to be on the lookout for unusual birds which if
> established, could become significant pests,” he said.
> “It is particularly important for those working and living near ports to help
> protect our native wildlife and agricultural industries from exotic pests by
> quickly reporting any unusual birds.”
> Effective removal can involve extensive surveillance and planning by
> department officers, who also rely on cooperation from the community.
> Starlings are black or grey in colour, about 21 cm long with fine pointed
> beaks and short tails.
> Any sightings of starlings or other unusual birds in the area should be
> reported to the department’s Pest and Disease Information Service on freecall
> 1800 084 881.
> For more information pest birds, visit the department’s website
> Picture caption: Residents in and around Broome are reminded to keep an eye
> out for starlings and report any sightings immediately to the Department of
> Agriculture and Food. PHOTO CREDIT: Bill Hails
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