Blackbirds in Stanthorpe, QLD / bounty systems

To: "Michael Atzeni" <>, "Chris Sanderson" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Blackbirds in Stanthorpe, QLD / bounty systems
From: "Ross Macfarlane" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2010 14:07:00 +1000
I'm afraid I wouldn't agree with the bounty proposal. Bounties have a long track record of failure for e.g. foxes, cats, etc. (the number of ears presented for the bounty tends to considerably exceed the actual reduction in feral populations.) If there was e.g. a dollar a head offered for blackbirds there'd likely be a lively trade emanating from southern states' suburban gardens.

I must say I'd always thought of blackbirds as relatively benign as feral bird species go. Compared to, say, mynahs, sparrows and starlings they don't interact much with the natives, that I've noticed, and they seem almost exclusively associated with habitat close to humans, in suburban backyards and country towns. In my backyard they inhabit all the exotic shrubs and bushes, but generally won't be seen dead in the natives in the front yard. Happy to be corrected though...

Ross Macfarlane

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