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November 26, 2013

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Cop Car

Mynahs are pretty; but, they can be a neusance. Imagine my surprise at seeing one in our back yard in Kansas about 20 years ago. It took me a bit to figure out that it was a Hill's Myna since it wasn't in any of my bird books (and no Google).

Hunky Husband gets upset with me for trapping (and subsequently killing) house sparrows. As in Hawaii, our most numerous species in the burbs are invaders (much as WE are!): rock pigions, house sparrows, European starlings - all of which are perfectly legal objects of my blood lust, but none of which I catch but the sparrows. The most popular invaders are the ring-necked pheasants - popular, at least, with the hunters.

Cop Car

Obviously, there are days on which I cannot spell nuisance!

marja-leena

Ooh, my skin just crawled seeing those ants on your box spring! Obviously you have adjusted yourselves well to Hawaiian Islands life. As in many places, there are the good and bad sides. I always find it sad when I hear how the Europeans changed native ecosystems wherever they went. And it is changing even more with all the GMOs, chemicals etc.

Lorna

The remains are from a zebra dove. Mynahs are much smarter, and harder for cats to catch.

Hattie

Lorna: Really! I was wondering how Fred could catch a mynah. Thanks for the info. I'll correct the post.

Lorna

Hi, I'm sorry if it sounded so terse (re it being a zebra dove). After I pressed "publish", I realized that I "sounded" snotty. My cats have slaughtered enough of those not too bright birds (they usually leave the heads, feet, wings and tailfeathers), and I know the mynahs' legs are yellowish in color. I wish they'd leave the birds alone; they get enough food!

Hattie

Lorna: I appreciate knowing this! Not at all offended.

beth

Totally fascinated by this post! That is definitely a crime-site, if you're a bird, but cats will be cats. It doesn't bother me, nor would the spiders on your porch.

Hattie

Beth: I love this neighborhood that is so full of life now: little kids, pets, flowers, fruit...

Brandon

I leave the birds alone.

Hattie

Brandon: A wise policy. On the Mainland people feed birds, but most of them are native, so it's a completely different matter.

Brandon

My mother had a bird feeder but stopped using it because our neighborhood has a bunch of stray cats and we didn't want unwittingly to lure birds to their destruction.

Musings

I'm not a fan of mynahs or pigeons or even Java sparrows although they are very pretty. They're just too many of them and can be a nuisance. Still, I did get queasy looking at the bird parts. Thank you for not posting photos of those cane spiders. I have this irrational fear of them.

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