Native intruders in feral heaven

Subject: Native intruders in feral heaven
From: "Tim Bawden" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 11:16:27 +1000
Hi all

I have recently moved to a new house in Chadstone, Melbourne and into what can 
only be described as the feral capital of the area. The first 7 species on the 
house list were all introduced and up until yesterday the only natives that had 
made the grade were the usual culprits of miner, magpie and rainbow lorikeet. I 
was trying to do some work yesterday when i heard the call of a hobby so i 
bolted to the window to see a very smart hobby on the back fence with a still 
twitching starling in one talon which it then proceded to tear apart until the 
kids from next door disturbed it, causing it to fly off. This morning there was 
more squawking of starlings and mynas so i looked out again and there was a 
grey butcherbird beating a sparrow against a branch which it then proceded to 

Maybe there is hope yet

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