Pigeon removal

To: 'Geoffrey Dabb' <>, "" <>
Subject: Pigeon removal
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2019 01:33:22 +0000

About “their car mirrors being attacked by a Noisy Miner or Magpie-lark, when in fact no damage is done”. I will debate the last phrase. Even Willie Wagtails can leave a surprising large amount of annoying poop on the car and obscure the mirror and requiring cleaning.


Little birdie flying high
Drops a message from the sky
As I wipe it from my eye
Thank god that cows don't fly.


From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Wednesday, 13 November, 2019 9:10 AM
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Pigeon removal


The Rage Level project has been criticised as lacking  a strict scientific basis,  although that charge might be levelled equally at several other surveys that keep participants entertained and offer results on a ‘for what it’s worth’ basis. The input consists of soundings across a wide section of the community, with the numbers intended to express relative standings rather than numerical precision.  The levels are calculated on a full year basis, accepting that at times some species would earn a more elevated rank, for example magpie (spring), koel (summer).  The Rage Level for some species is closely linked to the sensitivies of the respondent, for example some people have surprisingly strong feelings about their car mirrors being attacked by a Noisy Miner or Magpie-lark, when in fact no damage is done.  On the other hand, justifiably enraged, although relatively few in number, are those residents who have the prized fish in their water feature systematically removed by a White-faced Heron.


From: John Harris <>
Sent: Wednesday, 13 November 2019 6:41 AM
To: Geoffrey Dabb <>;
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Pigeon removal


How is the Rage level calculated?



Rev Dr John Harris,

36 Kangaroo Close,

Nicholls, ACT 2913


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From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:20:10 PM
To: <m("","canberrabirds");">>
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Pigeon removal


The Canberra Times report quoted museum staff as saying that that particular pigeon would be allowed to complete one breeding cycle.


The latest bird species Rage Levels in Canberra are, out of 100:


Common Myna 73

Noisy Miner 72

Spotted Dove  53

Feral Pigeon 52

E Starling 49

Indian Peafowl  47

Eastern Koel 33

A White Ibis  21

Pied Currawong  19

Australian Magpie 17

Silver Gull  13

Magpie-lark  7

White-faced Heron 5

Welcome Swallow  3

A Raven 2

Red Wattlebird  2

W-w Chough 2


From: Jean Ffrench <>
Sent: Tuesday, 12 November 2019 2:43 PM
To: Barbara Preston <>
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Pigeon removal


For a moment I thought you might be enquiring on behalf of the pigeon at the War Memorial!  Ha ha. 


On 12 Nov 2019, at 11:47 am, Barbara Preston <> wrote:

Can anyone advise on feral pigeon removal and control? For example, what are criteria for selecting a company to do the task (effectively and humanely, etc), and are any particular companies recommended (or to be avoided)?

We have pigeons nesting in a sheltered gutter over a balcony (thus droppings etc on balcony floor and railing). It is my son’s currently unoccupied house.




Barbara Preston


21 Boobialla Street | O’Connor ACT 2602

T: 02 6247 8919 | M: 0439 47 8919



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