To: Barbara Preston <>
Subject: Mynas
From: "Woo O'Reilly" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:33:59 +1100
Thanks to Charles Buer whose myna trap will be making its way to the north-side this evening.
Once I have got stuck into the mynas and starlings overtaking my yard in Giralang, I will be happy to pass this trap on to who needs it. It's possible that John Harris and I are being harassed by the same bunch of birds so we might be able to team up?
Cheers - Woo

On Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 10:32 AM, Barbara Preston <> wrote:
We have mynas around here (O’Connor, just down from the Ridge) for the first time since I’ve lived here (that I remember). I emailed the contact on the CIMAG website a couple of weeks ago requesting a trap, but have not heard back (I assumed who-ever it was directed to was on holidays, so have not been concerned ...).
There just appears to be a small number (family?) here, so nothing like John’s flock, so spare traps should go where they are most useful.... However, if there are still spare traps around – esp the northside (or inner south) - I will be grateful for a loan ...

Barbara Preston


Barbara Preston Research | ABN 18 142 854 599

21 Boobialla Street | O Connor ACT 2602 | Australia

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Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 8:03 PM
Cc: ;
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Mynas

Hello John

It is disturbing that there are so many mynas in your area and increasing. There have not been any mynas in my area for over 5years, I and others in the area have trapped them out and they have not returned. There are two trappers within 200m of my place that I know of, there may be more.


Would you like to help rid the ACT by operating a trap? There is a shortage of traps at present but you could make your own (there are instructions on how to make one on the CIMAG website)or borrow mine.



From: John Harris
Sent: Monday, 27 January 2014 5:12 PM
To: ; m("","canberrabirds");" target="_blank">
Subject: [canberrabirds] Mynas


Several weeks ago I reported a myna event here in Nicholls. I had not seen mynas much at all for some months which was quite pleasing, although blackbirds are increasing. Then one day a surprising mixed flock of about 100 ‘pest species’ made a huge commotion – about 50 mynas, 30 starlings and 20 blackbirds. While the whole flock eventually took off to the north, since then myna numbers have greatly increased here which is a worry.

An interesting but worrying observation is the changed behaviour of the mynahs. When we had a lot here a few years ago, they were mainly encountered in my garden, digging and generally being a nuisance. Although the numbers are now even greater, after the lull I mentioned, the mynas are behaving more like native woodland birds. They are nesting on Mt Percival and I have seen them diving into Ginninderra Creek to drink (like Red Wattlebirds do) and acrobatically catching insects in the air (like the Flycatchers and Fantails do.)

This is very anecdotal and unscientific but it worries me that they are showing such adaptive skills.



John Harris

Rev Dr John Harris,

36 Kangaroo Close,

Nicholls, ACT 2913


P: 61-(0)2-62418472



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