Java Sparrows

Subject: Java Sparrows
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2000 19:22:19 +1000
Hi, Whilst on an overnight stop at the Acacia Caravan Park in Ararat,
Victoria, on Monday 31/1, some friends and I noticed one caravan ( a
permanent by the look of things) had a number of caged birds out front. One
of the cages was open and an unknown finch was seen perched on the outside
of the cage. No one seemed to be in attendance at the site. A few minutes
later a pair of the same species were seen in some trees at a different
point in the park shortly before dark. Being on a tight travelling schedule
we left at dawn next day so were unable to check whether the birds were
still around, but on return to Adelaide we determined that the birds were
Java Sparrows, possibly the makings of a feral population.
It is suggested that someone in the area, or maybe from Ballarat or
Melbourne, should run a check on these escapes and see that steps are taken
to either recapture them or have them destroyed. It would also be worth
checking whether the (ex)owner has a licence to keep such birds and keeps
the required records, and whether appropriate authorities are aware of the
Hoping someone can pick up on this. Tony.

  Tony Russell,
  Adelaide, South Australia
  phone : 08 8337 5959  , o/s 61 8 8337 5959
  There's nothing quite like the feeling of seeing a new bird is there?

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