Noisy Miner invasion

To: Peter Pfeiffer <>
Subject: Noisy Miner invasion
From: David Clark <>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:16:09 +1100
That must be why it's called Happy Valley Peter!



On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 9:29 AM, Peter Pfeiffer <
> wrote:

> Interesting.
> South of Adelaide in Happy Valley we have had Noisy Miners for 20 years or
> more.
> We still get Eastern Spinebills, Spotted Pardalotes (nesting),
> White-plumed Honeyeaters, Red Wattlebirds and the odd Silvereye.
> Cheers,
> Peter.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf
> Of David Clark
> Sent: Tuesday, 27 January 2015 5:32 PM
> To: Peter Shute; birding-aus
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Noisy Miner invasion
> Our experience was not as abrupt as Alf's, but with similar results.
> Small species such as Eastern Spinebills, Spotted Pardalotes, Silvereyes
> and White-plumed Honeyeaters disappeared from my house in Box Hill at the
> same time that Noisy Miners appeared.  Red Wattlebirds persisted for a
> couple of years and Little Wattlebirds lasted a year or two longer.
> Magpies, Grey Butcherbirds, Tawny Frogmouths and Little Ravens are still
> resident and Lorikeets, Cockatoos, Currawongs, Eastern Rosellas and Common
> Mynas are regular visitors.  Common Blackbirds are no longer common and are
> harassed when they appear.  Spotted Doves and Crested Pigeons are rarely
> seen now.
> Small flocks of Brown Thornbills occasionally try to forage in the thicker
> vegetation but are chased away.  Interestingly, a pair of Magpie-larks have
> just started visiting our backyard and we had a Laughing Kookaburra a
> couple of weeks ago.
> Cheers
> David
> Sent from my iPad
> > On 27 Jan 2015, at 1:35 pm, Peter Shute <> wrote:
> >
> > This is from a recent Victorian Birdline report by Alf Forbes in Boronia:
> >
> > "This is a rather sad report. Last Friday, after 28 years on my semi
> bush block in Boronia, the first ever colony of Noisy Miners invaded my
> property. In the past they have been a rare itinerant but not now. As of
> today, a pair of nesting Blue Wrens have abandoned their nest and left the
> fledglings. All Striated and Brown Thornbills, Spotted Pardalotes, Grey
> Fantails, Yellow Faced Honeyeaters, Eastern Spinebills, Silvereyes and even
> the Red Wattlebirds are gone. In 3 days these daily sightings are no more.
> They are far worse than Indian Mynas. Love to know how to get rid of them."
> >
> > Are Noisy Miner invasions usually this abrupt?
> >
> > Peter Shute
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