What birds do you have in your garden?

by MeganS , about 6 years ago
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Different birds need different garden features to survive. Smaller birds may like smaller shrubs and undergrowth where they can shelter and hide, while larger birds may prefer trees. One thing that all birds need though is a source of food and water.

What type of birds do you have in your garden? 

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  • Resident37 over 7 years ago
    Ferals. Black Birds that hunt aggressively in leaf litter and garden straw, making a mess and taking out little skinks and geckos as well as bugs. Turtle Doves that displace Crested Pigeons. Rainbow Lorikeets that are seasonal visitors who upset the Adelaide Rosellas that live in the nearby gums. Indian Mynas that don't seem to be able to co-exist with the Noisy Mynas. (And feral cats that seem to be able to hunt native birds leaving the feral survivors). What is the council doing about ferals? It's all very well planting habitat for native birds, but a bit pointless if it simply gets inhabited by introduced species.
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    • MeganS over 7 years ago
      Thank you for your concern regarding feral animals within the City of Unley. Unfortunately, there is not much that we can do to assist with the control of feral birds. Council does offer advice on pest control via our website and our Environmental Health Team. Providing better habitat for our native species, in particular the smaller birds, by providing shrubs and other shelter options should help to minimise the impact of feral cats and can also help establish a better balance between the native species and the introduced feral bird species. Without the provision of specific habitat features, the native birds will be displaced from their habitat. Should you need more information please contact me on 8372 5118. Megan
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      • Resident37 over 7 years ago
        Hi Megan, When you say ' Unfortunately, there is not much that we can do to assist with the control of feral birds. ' does that mean nothing or a little bit? If so, please advise what we the council can do to assist in controlling the black birds. We have a small pond (the black birds declare loudly this belongs to them) we have mature melaleucas, which are winter and spring flowering, we have Chamelaucium (winter flowering), mature Acacias (including the prickly paradoxa, plus needle bush, longifolia, pycnantha), we have Dodonaea, and Eucalyptus microcarpa growing, as well as ground level Enchylaena and established native grasses - several Poa and Danthonia species that are not mowed but allowed to seed naturally . We have a standard house block and have tried hard to create habitat for birds as well as the geckos, skinks and legless lizards that live in the leaf litter that is actively retained at the expense of our neighbours approval. And yet the most common birds we see actually in the yard are black birds, and turtle doves. The feral cats love the tree cover, they love climbing around in it and raiding the dogs bowl at night, when the Murray Magpies have finished. It does seem pointless if no feral control is possible, so can you please let us know what options are available in our urban environment. Thank you.
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        • MeganS over 7 years ago
          It's great to see that you already have a pond and a wide variety of native trees, understorey and ground cover plants. These provide good habitat for our local native animals. It may take a while for the balance between the native species and the feral species to return, especially if your property is in an area where there is not much other suitable habitat for the native species. There are some things that residents can do in their own homes and gardens to reduce the impact of feral animals while keeping the habitat for the native species. These include, minimising food sources outside (for example putting away your pets food after they've finished eating) and animal proofing their homes and buildings. If feral animals are a major problem on your property you can attempt to trap and remove the animals or contact a licensed pest controller to ask for advice or assistance. Megan
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          • Resident37 over 7 years ago
            Hi Megan, We did say mature and established; that's more than 20 years - how long are you suggesting we wait for the 'balance' to return without helping it out? We understand in an highly modified urban environment it is not possible for nature to simply return. Controlling introduced species ( birds and animals as well as weeds) is as important as reintroducing native plants to replace those weeds. It is difficult for a native bird to re-establish when its niche has been filled by another species. We tried bringing in the dog bowl; after repeated new piles of feathers we have decided it is better to spend the extra money on pet food. It would, however, be a lot simpler if there were resources available to residents to remove unwanted introduced species from our yards and for us, black birds and homeless cats would be a good start. They live in vegetation, and in the many homes freely available in public infrastructure (respectively) These nightly visits from homeless cats are simply part of their range (up to 2Ha) not because of a need to 'animal proof'- unless you mean 4m+ (tree height) wire cat fences and complete property bird netting? We have even seen foxes trotting down the street in our local area. The Dog and Cat Management Board has suggested that residents should do more than just feed homeless cats, we should adopt them and give them a loving home. That would be assuming they want to be caught and domesticated - our visitors scatter at the slightest approach. There is also a lot of international information on black birds as pests, but none from Australia that we can find. SO after implying that somehow the feral birds and cats are present on our properties because of something we residents are, or are not doing, could you please request resources from council for dealing with such pests. Does the council provide traps for unowned stray cats so they may be euthanised? http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/agriculture/pests-diseases-and-weeds/pest-animals/managing-pest-animals/humane-cage-trapping-of-wild-cats Council provides assistance with the control of European wasp; is there assistance available for other European pests? Do you have a list of council endorsed pest controllers that specialise in black birds, feral pigeons, or in cats, similar to the list of plumbers or electricians that council provides? There is a limit to what individual residents can do and help from our council would be most appreciated.
  • KathyFrith over 7 years ago
    We have had Willie Wagtails nest in our Lillypilly tree. Other regular visitors are New Holland Honeyeaters, Wattle birds, Noisy Miners, Crested Pigeons, Spotted Doves, Silver eyes, Eastern Rosellas, Rainbow Lorikeets, Murray Magpies, house sparrows, Common starlings and common blackbirds. We also have spotted magpies, ducks, Kookaburras, crows/Ravens and Falcons in our garden. We have two Terrier dogs which keep the cats out of our garden. Our garden contains a mixture of trees, shrubs and grasses, and we have provided water for birds.
  • Waynelib over 7 years ago
    We have doves (nesting), blackbirds (feral). The natives include rainbow lorikeets, magpies, magpie larks, wattle birds, noisy miners, willy wagtails and sometimes New Holland Honeyeaters. The wandering cats from neighbours and the noisy miners is the most likely reason for our lack of diversity. It has been good to see the return of butterflies this summer.