Common Mynas

To: Mark Clayton <>, 'COG Mailing List' <>
Subject: Common Mynas
From: Ann Howarth <>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:41:54 +0000
Dear Mark
For family reasons we have needed to travel to Cowra 6 times in the past couple of months and each time I have noted common mynahs in varying numbers from 1 to 5 at approximately 11 km from Boorowa towards Yass.  Except when we lived in Sydney for approx 12 years we have been travelling to Cowra from Canberra regularly since 1970 and, while I had previously seen common mynahs in the Yass area,  last October was the first time I have seen them on the road to Boorowa.  It certainly seems they are moving further out into the country.
Ann Howarth

Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2016 10:03 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Common Mynas

Coming back from Orange last Saturday morning via Cowra and Boorowa, I recorded three separate Common Mynas along the route. The first was in Boorowa itself, several hundred metres before leaving the town toward Yass. Another bird was seen approximately 10 kilometres before the Boorowa road joined the Hume Highway – I have seen a bird in this area previously some time ago – and the third bird was seen 7 kilometres from the highway junction. I have previously noted birds near the Uriarra Crossing in the ACT and am seeing the species further and further out to Tharwa in farmland. It appears that we are well and truly losing the battle against this species locally. In Victoria I have seen the species well away from human habitation in rural areas; the same now appears to be happening locally.




PS, also of note on this trip were two Blue-winged Parrots seen flying at the Rose Garden Cafe in Cowra, the first of this species I have seen in a long time.

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