Starling Resurgence?

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Woko
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Starling Resurgence?

I'm interested to learn if anybody has noticed an increase in Common Starling numbers recently.

Numbers of this feral species declined markedly at our place on the s.e. slopes of the Mt Lofty Ranges in SA some years ago. In recent times I've seen only the occasional individual or small flock of about 4 or 5 birds instead of the regular large flocks of several hundred. But for the last 3 weeks or so an individual has been seen almost daily near our house & today, horror of horrors, I saw a flock of about 150 in a paddock while driving to Pt Elliot, a rarity in the last few years.

dwatsonbb
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Starling number at our place south of Hobart have declined, but unfortunately my war against the Blackbird is having little impact. Saw the first flock of the season, 5 or 6 yellow tailed black cockatoos yesterday. Have also had infrequent recent visits from black faced cuckoo shrike, which we only see "once in a blue moon". The only changes we have made is the removal of weeds from the garden, trying to replace with a more natural leaf litter mulch. Incidenlty this has seen much activity from the Superb Fairy Wren's, as they fossick in the freshly turned soil.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

robwill
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I have also noticed a small number hanging around every day for the last couple of weeks. Normally wouldn't see them very often. Now it seems they have moved in. Albury area.

Rob. 

Woko
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What are you doing to try to eradicate Common Blackbirds, Dale?

We have a pair of Brown Goshawks about at present so I'm surprised that the Starling is present. But perhaps the Brown Goshawks have caused Blackbird numbers to decline here. Usually there are 2 pairs of this species on the property but recently there's only been an individual. I'd like to think that my Blackbird nest destruction in spring is working hand in claw with the Goshawks to keep Blackbird numbers lower than usual.

Woko
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Rob, let's hope the good people of Albury area care about their native birds & proceed on a vigorous Starling eradication programme.

dwatsonbb
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Like you Woko, I destroy their nests at every opportunity, have sealed up entrances to potential nest sites in and around the guttering of the house (they were nesting in our roof space). Unfortunately we live in a semi rural area, a lot of "small acreages" and I suspect my neighbours don't care or try to eradicate the "rats of the sky". Not saying I am losing the battle, just not getting far enough ahead to win.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

Woko
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Soldier on, Dale. All the best with your battle.

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