|To:||"'Nathanael Coyne'" <>|
|From:||"Philip Veerman" <>|
|Date:||Fri, 3 Apr 2015 15:31:28 +1100|
Interesting, where are you? Starlings were in huge numbers in the 1980s and are generally in decline since then. COG was commissioned to do a study of them. In the late 1980s, concern about the status of the Common Starling was sufficient for the ACT Government to engage
Many years ago there would barely be a daytime hour without large numbers feeding on the lawn on my back yard (Kambah). Those were generally wetter years and they like damper grass. However in the past few years I have not seen even one perched or on the ground in my yard, only the rare one or a few, flying over. Indeed many days or maybe weeks of not seeing them in general around town. Still are significant flocks around Jerrabomberra wetlands, Tuggeranong and Civic (well those are the ones I know about).
From: Nathanael Coyne [
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Subject: [canberrabirds] Starlings
Just when the Red Wattlebirds thought they had the run of the place …
Our street has become overrun with starlings the past few weeks, sending the Wattlebirds into hiding. Even the Currawongs are keeping their head down, overwhelmed by the sheer numbers.
Apparently the myna trap works for starlings too? I've yet to trap a starling, but then I've never seen them in this quantity before. It'll be like a bear in a stream while the salmon are running.
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