Noisy Miner invasion

To: David Clark <>, Peter Shute <>, birding-aus <>
Subject: Noisy Miner invasion
From: Peter Pfeiffer <>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:29:43 +0000

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.



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From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of 
David Clark
Sent: Tuesday, 27 January 2015 5:32 PM
To: Peter Shute; birding-aus
Subject: 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.



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> 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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