Hi Al, the times they are a changing! Whilst everyone in town is (rightfully) totally consumed by the all-conquering Corona Virus (Covid 19) we should not lose sight of other issues that will, ultimately, affect our lives in very different ways.
I was out playing golf the other day and, as is oft the case with my ever wayward Tee shots, I hit my ball into the trees – I used up most of the maximum 3 minutes allowed to find my ball. There, under the wide canopy provided by our indigenous trees, I came across a pair of Indian (Common) Myna birds having a major fight – they were definitely not mating. In a scene that could come from a scary movie I watched as the dominant one had managed to have the other on its back and was holding him angrily down with a combination of beak and foreleg.
These ugly birds have slowing been infiltrating our environment over the past few years and pose a major threat to many of our common garden birds (Eg Crested Barbets). See Wikipedia notes on the Myna below
We desperately need to put our collective thinking caps on to work out how to diminish the damage that they can do to our birdlife – and to our sanity – I put them in same league as the Pied Crow. Very sad to see. Mike G.