RE: Indian Myna - great reduction program working in Canberra

To: Peter Shute <>, Philip Veerman <>, 'Frank Antram' <>, "" <>, "" <>
Subject: RE: Indian Myna - great reduction program working in Canberra
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 15:56:22 +1100
This is one of the comments from the article:
"This woman should come to my place and see how much she thinks of these birds. 
I have been attacked so many times. Blood running down my forehead, and I can't 
go into my backyard without getting attacked by them during the day. They have 
even started trying to get me when I get in my car in the driveway. "

Has anyone heard of a Myna attacking a person?  I've never had one come near 
me, or even squawk at me, and there are plenty of them in Melbourne.

Peter Shute

Peter Shute wrote on Wednesday, 3 February 2010 3:07 PM:

> I've been asked "what article"?  I meant this one:
> Terry Bishop posted the link earlier in this thread. Some of the
> comments below the article make interesting reading too.
> Peter Shute
> Peter Shute wrote on Wednesday, 3 February 2010 12:16 PM:
>> Are you able to quote some numbers please, Philip?  How fast were
>> they increasing before, and how fast are they decreasing now?
>> Regarding the lady in the article, it's one thing being against
>> culling, but it makes me angry that people refuse to stop feeding
>> them.
>> Peter Shute
>> Philip Veerman wrote on Wednesday, 3 February 2010 12:05 PM:
>>> Thanks Frank,
>>> The program in Canberra has been a great success in only a few
>>> years, at totally reversing the prior trend of the increase in
>>> abundance of this species that has happened over many years. And
>>> through our long running Garden Bird Survey (since 1981) we have
>>> the data to track the trends. People are trapping large numbers of
>>> Common Mynas and it is making a big difference. As we have all
>>> these GBS data (as described in my book) we also have the capacity
>>> for tracking changes in abundance of all species, to try to look
>>> for connections.
>>> Although showing likely connections will take a few years as there
>>> are so many factors involved. My book describes some of those
>>> issues. And as Frank mentions, there is no need for a major cost in
>>> buying these traps.
>>> Philip Veerman
>>> 24 Castley Circuit
>>> Kambah  ACT  2902
>>> 02 - 62314041
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: 
>>>  On Behalf Of
>>>  Sent: Tuesday, 2 February 2010 11:19 PM
>>> To: Peter Shute; ;
>>> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Indian Myna
>>> Here's what happens in Canberra
>>> and you can build your own trap - no need for $330!
>>> Regards
>>> Frank Antram
>>> ----Original message-----
>>> From: Peter Shute 
>>> Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 22:10:29 +1100
>>> To: ""
>>>  ""
>>>  Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Indian Mynay
>>>> I don't know if it makes much difference or not, but surely locally
>>>> it
>>>> does.  It's interesting that he's so committed, but appears to
>>>> discourage competitors.
>>>> Peter Shute
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