Mice plague and bird deaths

Subject: Mice plague and bird deaths
From: K W Stockwell <>
Date: Sun, 29 May 2011 18:01:04 +1000
Hi all,

Southern (Riverina) NSW and northern Victoria is currently experiencing a mice plague. The plague is of major concern to grain farmers. Many recently sown crops are very patchy because mice have eaten much of the planted seed.

Some farmers are mixing poison with grain and spreading the toxic mix on paddocks to kill mice.

Unfortunately, the toxic mix is also killing both seed-eating birds such as Galahs and birds which predate on mice, including Barn Owls, Falcons and Magpies.

It is not only in the countryside that bird deaths are being observed. Even here in the town there have been reports of dead Ravens and Magpies.

The spreading of poison is another blow to our local birds, following years of drought and the impact of chemicals used to help combat a locust plague.

Let's hope that better ways are used to help combat the present plague which frosty nights and birds might eventually alleviate.

Keith Stockwell


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