RE: Indian Myna - great reduction program working in Canberra

To: Peter Shute <>
Subject: RE: Indian Myna - great reduction program working in Canberra
From: Peter Baitz <>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 17:33:54 +1100
Hi Peter
It would seem to be at nesting time,I had to clean the begining of a nest from a storm water box a couple of weeks ago and they did not sit and watch.
On 03/02/2010, at 4:51 PM, Peter Shute wrote:

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

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

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

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Here's what happens in Canberra and you can build your own
trap - no need for $330!

Frank Antram

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From: Peter Shute 
Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 22:10:29 +1100
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 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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