Eastern Rosellas

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Eastern Rosellas

I have finally after four long years coaxed the Rosellas back to nest in my front tree, after the Indian minors took over their nest and killed the babies. I had to redesign the nesting box and sort the minors in the process. However horror of horrors a possum has just attacked the female tonight and the female is injured and left the eggs, living in suburbia it is a little bit of joy every morning and night going and coming home to be greeted by mother bird. I think this year is over for them any tips on keeping possums at bay?

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Hi alotof.

A friend of mine tightly wrapped & rivetted thin but broad metal sheets around the trunks of his two trees which provided a pathway for possums to his roof. The possums were shaken & deterred.

In a healthy environment with lots of natural native vegetation & biodiversity possum raids on Eastern Rosella nests would be part of the ebb & flow of life. If you live in an environment where there are few of the features of a healthy natural environment you might want to consider my friend's approach.

Indian Mynahs or Common Mynahs are certainly a pest & I'm wondering what you did to "sort" them.

I'm pleased to say I've yet to see any where I live in SA but I believe a growing number of groups have been formed to eradicate them where they have invaded. There might be one in your neck of the woods which you could join & share ideas with. Or you could approach your local council about forming one. Other than that, eradication actions include

  • encourage your neighbours to avoid leaving rubbish lying around which the Mynahs can use nesting material
  • ensure you close any cavities in which they might nest
  • remove their nesting material wherever you might find it

which you may have already tried.

By the way, your post might attract more attention if it was in another sub forum such as General. Announcements/Help is more about administration of & help with this Forum itself.

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