I meant to send this to the chatline but only sent it to the original recipients without checking the "TO" address. I am sure it will stir a few comments.
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This problem is not going to go away. Indeed I already think it is too late to do anything about mynas in many localities. I regularly travel to my bird banding sites near West Wyalong and am seeing mynas further and further out along the Burley Griffin
Way. They are common at the McDonalds "Restaurant" on the Hume Highway outside Yass and I have seen them near Ariah Park, past Temora.
The ones that surprised me the most was a pair at a wheat silo that I have seen twice on separate occasions near Ungarie, which is about 42 kilometres north west of West Wyalong. The location is the most unlikely habitat I would expect to find this
species, essentially open wheat fields with regenerating Callitris along some of the road verges. How they got there is beyond me. I don't think trains run other than during harvest time - there won't be much of that this year - so perhaps they have
come in on a truck , but again I have my doubts.
Around Canberra I have seen them at Uriarra Crossing, and out past the Namadgi Visitors Centre, and well out along the Barton and Federal Highways. In Gungahlin I counted 44 sitting on a school roof. The then ACT "Government" (pre self government) many years
ago was too scared of the public's reaction about eliminating the species when they were first introduced.
I think we are going to have to live with them unfortunately. CIMAG is trying valiantly but, in my opinion, won't stop the species in the ACT.
On 21/10/2019 9:01 pm, William Handke wrote:
Jenny et alia: disturbing news below. Mega picked up a trap over the weekend, and hopefully the battle will be joined by others.
From: Megan [m("gmail.com","mango.nirvana");" moz-do-not-send="true">]
Sent: Wednesday, 2 October 2019 1:56 PM
To: m("indianmynaaction.org.au","president");" moz-do-not-send="true">
Subject: PeeGee trap for Common Mynas
I live in NSW in Capertee. I have observed a few Mynas in our property and in the village and want to trap them before they breed up.
I contacted my local council (Lithgow). They don’t have a program at this stage although they have had at least one other report of Mynas - alarmingly in the Capertee Valley which is home to Regent Honeyeaters.
The council gave me a link to your site for information on trapping. If at all possible I would like to buy one of your traps. I could pick it up in a couple of weeks when I will be visiting Canberra. I’m not inclined to make my own!
I would be grateful if you could let me know what is possible.