Common Myna travelling routes & feeding & nesting

To: "'Wendy'" <>, "'Birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Common Myna travelling routes & feeding & nesting
From: "Tony Russell" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 11:42:11 +1030
I reckon the last time I ate in a KFC or a Muckdonalds was once when I
was desperate for fodder having just driven from Tibooburra to Broken
Hill nonstop. Or it may have been a Hungry's, I'm not sure. In any case
it was as long ago as 1991. If everyone achieved this excessive level of
patronizing hopefully the muck producing franchisers would go back to
the USA and kill off their own population.

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Wendy
Sent: Friday, January 18, 2008 11:14 AM
To: Birding-aus
Subject: Common Myna travelling routes & feeding &

  Peter Shute wrote:
Stuff the garbage truck has dropped?

More likely stuff filthy slobs have dropped.
I live in a suburban street approx 0.5km from a KFCrap in one direction
and MuckDonalds the other, plus all other independent takeaway - pizza,
f&c etc. It never ceases to amaze me that
a) people buy this shit!
b)Eat SOME of it, (perhaps not surprising)
c) then lob the remains out of their car as they drive by
This provides plenty of food and nesting material (see later) for local

Here the garbage trucks tend to only lose light weight (plastic) stuff
to wind gusts when loading.

Watching them, I suspect they also collect invertebrates killed and
injured by passing cars.

ON MYNA SPREAD In my childhood, some decades ago (in Geelong, Vic), my
family called these birds 'Melbourne Birds' as we only saw them when we
visited relatives in Melbourne. In later years they then moved down the
highway and now have made it right across Geelong.

ALSO Some (fewer) years ago I used to help my (now) ex with a O/N
cake/pie delivery run in Melbourne suburbs finishing around 8am. The
Mynas were always the first birds to start foraging - along the roads -
in the mornings, before it was even really light.

MYNA ACTIVITIES I removed a nest of these birds from the wall cavity of
a neighbours w/b house. I was astonished by how much plastic shit the
birds had collected for the nest. They can often be seen collecting it.
So they do serve one positive purpose - collecting plastic
('cellophane-like') snack packets, snack bar wrappers, cigarette packet
wrappers etc. - non-biodegradable litter dropped by slobs AND insulating
house walls with it. Perhaps not the recommended fire rating however!



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