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Offline altair

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How are Starlings bad?
« on: December 31, 2018, 05:16:44 PM »
Keen to know what damage Starlings do in NZ? I have 50,000 on my back lawn when I'm trying to entice damned Mynas in..but the Starling is classified as a pest in NZ, all I can find out by googling is they are a major menace to air traffic, and they shit a lot.
Should I be taking them out or leaving them alone?
Getting an itch trigger finger...lol
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Re: How are Starlings bad?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2018, 06:43:31 PM »
calling starlings a pest depends on what you call a pest,like many rural dwellers i generally leave them
 alone on the farm as they eat lot of pasture pests,but at nesting time if they get inside buildings they made
 hell ma mess and then become a pest to us,we activly discourage them from nesting in buildings by making
 nesting boxs for them on fence posts etc,chase them out of buildings during nesting time etc or just make
 buildings as bird proof as possible,because we want them around for grub control in pastures so we have a love /hate relationship with starlings,they dont seem to trouble native birds and dont contest food supplies
 with natives as far i know,so leave them pretty much alone,but if find out they compete with natives for
 food we get rid of them for sure,but have seen no evidence to say they do so far,others may know more
 on that issuse than i.
 I dont kill any thing unless necessary or am hungry.
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Re: How are Starlings bad?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2018, 06:54:50 PM »
Yeah I have a reasonable sized garden here, but the Starlings ignore it, unlike the Blackbird, and Thrush. The  damned Myna drives me crazy with its non stop screeching and the fact it is nasty to our natives.
Was curious as to what people thought of them, I've actually only ever shot a few, and to be honest they were lame, seems to be a few around with a bung leg.
The Blackbirds are clever buggers, they now don't come near the part of the garden when I shoot..but if I'm out without my air rifle they tease me by pulling seedling out and doing burnouts in the soil..pricks..and the Mynas let out loud alarm calls..I need to be more clever with that lot
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