RE: Indian Myna - great reduction program working in Canberra

To: Peter Baitz <>, Birding Aus <>
Subject: RE: Indian Myna - great reduction program working in Canberra
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 16:51:40 +1100
Is that all year, or just when they're nesting?  I had to clear some nests out 
of my airconditioner, and they just sat nearby and watched.  There were no eggs 
or young in there at the time, so maybe it would have been worse if there had 
been.  Perhaps someone near your house has been feeding them and allowed them 
to lose a bit of their fear of humans.

Peter Shute

Peter Baitz wrote on Wednesday, 3 February 2010 4:47 PM:

> Afternoon Peter
> Just to let you know I have been swooped many times by very
> aggressive Mynas in my backyard in South Caulfield [Melb] They have
> become more aggressive each year for some years. Regards
> Peter Baitz
> On 03/02/2010, at 3:56 PM, Peter Shute wrote:
>> 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:
>>> feathers-fly-over-bird-cull/1720619.aspx
>>> 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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