Where have all my Mynas gone?

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: Where have all my Mynas gone?
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Sun, 11 Aug 2013 17:20:38 +1000
I don't know if there is any trapping activity going on in the neighborhood, if 
there is, they are doing an incredible job.


On 11/08/2013, at 16:36, "Philip Veerman" <> wrote:

> Well of course there has been a huge decline in Canberra. That is largely
> due to a huge trapping exercise over the past several years. See
> and for example click on the link of "Chart of myna
> numbers". That data comes from Canberra Ornithologists Group's Garden Bird
> Survey (the survey is explained in my book  "Canberra Birds: A Report on the
> first 21 years of the Garden Bird Survey" - noting that the decline has
> happened after the data in my book) 
> Philip
> -----Original Message-----From: 
>  On Behalf Of Carl Clifford
> Sent: Sunday, 11 August 2013 11:43 AM    To: Birding-Aus Aus    Subject:
> [Birding-Aus] Where have all my Mynahs gone?
> Over the last few months, I have noticed first a decline in numbers of
> Common Mynahs around my patch in Gorokan, Central Coast NSW. At the
> beginning of the year, you could usually find one or two at any one time,
> some times up to ten or so in the yard. Similar numbers could also be found
> in the neighborhood. Now, there are none to be found. There have been no
> great environmental changes in the area, apart from the nearby motel
> removing a number of cocos palms and heavily lopping the fronds from the
> remainder.
> Anyone seen similar drops in Common Mynahs in their area?
> I am not concerned, just curious. 
> Cheers,
> Carl Clifford
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