Blackbirds in Stanthorpe, QLD / bounty systems

To: Chris Sanderson <>, birding-aus <>
Subject: Blackbirds in Stanthorpe, QLD / bounty systems
From: Michael Atzeni <>
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 23:09:55 +0800 (WST)

Thanks for the update on the Quart Pot Creek birds at Stanthorpe.

For those unaware, the Toowoomba Bird Observers has been voluntarily 
collecting blackbird records on behalf of Biosecurity Queensland via our
 website. I coordinate that process and am interested in any Queensland 
and northern NSW records, particularly this past breeding season. Also 
very keen to know of any nesting records, successful or otherwise.  I 
have only had one report of a nest in Toowoomba and that was in the late 

For the record, the first Qld blackbird was reported in 1986 at Cooby Dam near 
Toowoomba. In Toowoomba, we have known about them since in the suburb of 
Wilsonton since the late 1990's. They are evidently still very thin on the 
ground but have been reported in several other Toowoomba suburbs now.

Blackbirds have turned up in numerous Qld locations covering a wide range of 
habitats over the years, from mulga country to Fraser Island. There's no doubt 
in my mind that this is a highly adaptable and mobile species, which left 
uncontrolled will eventually become a fully established horticultural pest in 
Qld just as it has done in every other state it has colonised.  The Granite 
Belt is particularly at risk.

Realistically, a novel bounty system is the only way I can see Queensland 
keeping blackbirds at bay, especially in a city like Toowoomba, which has the 
potential to become the blackbird capital of SEQ if we do nothing about them. 
To that end, is anyone aware of a 
successful bounty/reward system (for any bird species) that is based on 
follow-up of photographic/video evidence of nests/birds submitted by the 

To report blackbirds you can email me directly or use the link:
 a history of Qld sightings visit:

 further information visit:

Mick Atzeni

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