PROBLEM pigeons may have been knocked off their perch as Bathurst's least-loved birds, with mynas on their way to becoming a major headache for the city.
Mynas have not yet cracked the top-10 list of the region's most common birds in the annual Backyard Bird Count, but Bathurst Regional Council has recognised they are becoming an increasing problem.
Councillor Monica Morse raised the issue during discussion of a report by environmental, planning and building services director Neil Southorn on the findings of the 2019 bird count.
Mr Southorn's report said 198 local volunteer participants reported a total of 11,690 birds spotted in a single week last October, and a total of 150 species.
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Introduced species of house sparrows and common starlings were the most commonly spotted birds followed by native Australian magpies, crested pigeons and galahs. But Cr Morse said a ratepayer had approached her to highlight the increasing number of mynas in the local area.
"It's not in the main list of birds found but the common myna bird is becoming a problem and it's an increasingly aggressive bird," Cr Morse said.
"The question from the ratepayer was, is council keeping an eye on the increase in myna birds and, if so, are they preparing a program for tracking them?"
Mr Southorn agreed that mynas were becoming an issue and said council was keeping an eye on local numbers.
"Indeed, the backyard bird count is one of the tools to keep track of that," he said.
"Bathurst is not yet contemplating a trapping program [but] I know that other councils do.
"A pessimist would say it's only a matter of time but that would require the resources necessary to maintain that vigilance."
It's not in the main list of birds found but the common myna bird is becoming a problem and it's an increasingly aggressive bird.Councillor Monica Morse
Bathurst has participated in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count since 2015.
The count is one of the largest community engagement projects of its type in the country and provides valuable data on bird species, particularly threatened and rare species.
As part of Bathurst's 2019 count, Tiffany Mason led a guided bird tour through the Boundary Road Reserve which identified 39 species within the woodland landscape.
The bird count ran from October 21-27, 2019.
The top 10 species
- House sparrow: 1312.
- Common starling: 1230.
- Australian magpie: 914.
- Crested pigeon: 715.
- Galah: 516.
- Common blackbird: 492.
- Crimson rosella: 422.
- Pied currawong: 398.
- Australian wood duck: 397.
- Red-rumped parrot: 351.
Source: Backyard Bird Count
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