MYNA OBSTACLE: Bill Caldwell with one of his Indian myna traps. He has caught 157 of the birds over 18 months.
MYNA OBSTACLE: Bill Caldwell with one of his Indian myna traps. He has caught 157 of the birds over 18 months.

Man declares waron mynas

By DAVID BANCROFT

IT IS safe to say Bill Caldwell does not like Indian myna birds.

After reading an article in The Daily Examiner yesterday, the visiting Port Stephens resident rang to advise of his success in eradicating the exotic pests from his back yard.

His mission started three years ago after reading a letter to the editor in his local paper, the Port Stephens Examiner saying any efforts to eradicate the Indian mynas from the Port Stephens area were pointless ... they had taken over.

He had seen magpies, pee wees, kookaburras, galahs, rosellas and lorikeets hunted from his yard by the mynas, and decided he was going to take a stand against them.

He got an old bird cage and designed a trap.

A retiree friend constructed it and they put it to work.

He has now captured and eu- thanased 157 birds from his yard and the native birds have returned.

He has encouraged other Port Stephens residents to do the same and has sold a number of the home-built traps. Mr Caldwell said there were hundreds of thousands of the mynas in his area and he did not want the same infestations to occur in the Clarence Valley.

"We have proved that individuals can make a difference," he said.

"All the native birds have come back (to my property) now. They are eating out of my hands."

He said that during his stay on the South Grafton hill, he had been impressed by the lack of mynas in the area.

"But they are in the park at the bottom of the hill and once they get established there they will spread into the back yards," he said. "They need to be stopped now."

He sells traps for $130 and can be contacted on 49810778.



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