Should have been 2014-2017. !!!!!
On Mon, 16 Nov 2020, at 5:06 PM, Penny Brockman wrote:
> A far greater threat to our small birds are cats and no ground cover
> for the little birds. And people keeping their gardens far too tidy - no
> undergrowth, no insects.
> I agree that Common Mynas show a worrying increase and are very
> efficient parents defending their youngs against most native birds, and
> I certianly don't want to see them in the numbers I saw them in Maui -
> truly 1,000s gathering in a farm yard and then roosting at night in
> trees behind the hotel I was staying in.
> Numbers are increasing in Gloucester, slowly but surely. Property
> owners used to shoot them when they appeared in spring on their barns
> and sheds to breed but with the increase in townspeople buying up small
> properties in this area, this doesn't seem to be happening and the birds
> can breed in peace.
> During a 3 year period (1914-1917) when I was helping a Newcastle
> student conduct surveys into mynas in Newcastle, Gloucester and
> Krambach, she noted that Crimson Rosellas and Rainbow Lorikeets could
> successfully keep mynas from boxes but that Eastern Rosellas were more
> likely to be evicted. She also noted that they were much better parents
> than the rosellas, keeping sharp eyes on their nestlings and attacking
> viciously any birds that came near.
> We caught about 200 mynas in all (not a serious catching program), most
> of which were euthanased, but that made little difference. I hated
> having to keep the captured birds in the bags until I could take them to
> the vet to be slaughtered. It would have been much kinder to do it when
> first catching them. One time I found attached to the side of the trap,
> the remains of a myna, chest eaten out and head missing - presumably a
> sparrowhawk had caught it through the wire.
> So please by all means target mynas but cats are worse, and people who
> spend all their spare time mowing grass, and spraying weeds with nasty
> chemicals. I expect I'll get some feed back on this!
> Penny in Gloucester
> On 16/11/2020 2:54 PM, Nevil Lazarus wrote:
> > Michael
> > I agree totally.
> > The decrease in bird species is alarming - and if one of the reasons is
> > flying rats 🐀- then this needs to be addressed.
> > Best wishes, Nevil
> >> On 16 Nov 2020, at 2:43 pm, Michael Hunter <>
> >> wrote:
> >> Indian Mynahs are a pestilence on much of Sydney's suburbia.
> >> They can be virtually totally eliminated by blocking their nesting
> >> cavities, which are invariably under the eaves of houses, often via
> >> gutters.
> >> Trapping and wringing their necks ("euthanising") is never ending,
> >> stopping them from breeding is permanent.
> >> In Suburbia it would be a big deal for all houses to block off, but should
> >> be a program instituted by all the relevant Councils.
> >> Education pamphlets distributed to all households, possibly the provision
> >> of mobile teams of ladder men with a supply of old ("nylon") socks or wire
> >> netting would get completely rid of these "flying rats".
> >> Hopefully the return of many small native bird spp. to suitable areas
> >> would follow. Particularly areas without uncontrolled cat populations .
> >> I can personally vouch for this. The only Indian Mynah nest in a tree
> >> cavity that I have seen was short lived thanks to either goannas or other
> >> hole nesting birds . Not applicable in most of infested Suburbia.
> >> Yours Very Sincerely
> >> Michael Hunter.
> >> Sent from my iPhone
> >> <HR>
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