OBI OBI HALL

Mapleton Falls

Photo by R Bassett

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Indian Myna Bird

An indian myna flock in flight at Obi Obi Hall

Easily identified in flight by the white patches on their wings

Photo by Knox City Council

Problems caused by Indian mynas

Indian mynas threaten native biodiversity with their territorial behaviour. They compete with native animals for nesting hollows—aggressively defending their territory.

They are also thought to evict native species, such as parrots and gliders, from their hollows and even kill their young.

Indian mynas spread diseases and parasites that affect native birds—including bird mites (which can also affect human health). They often form large communal roosts in suburban areas, causing health concerns and noise issues.

Please report any sightings to Sunshine Coast Council

See Sunshine Coast Council’s webpage below for more information

https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/Environment/Invasive-plants-and-animals/Invasive-animals/Invasive-animals-of-our-region/Priority-Invasive-Animals/Indian-myna

An indian myna trap on loan from Sunshine Coast Council

Myna birds enter from the left side of the trap through an opening designed for access but not exit, they are attracted by dry cat food in the left wire enclosure

Then see their reflection in the mirror, assume that another bird is feeding in the wooden frame section and move into that section via another wire access with no exit.

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Food and water are kept in the main enclosure which can hold several birds

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Welcome swallows have been making the most of our unused hall


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leaving their message on the hall’s notice board

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If you have this citrus problem, you can blame the citrus fruit piercing moth

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Photo by Pacific islands Pest List

http://www.pestnet.org/fact_sheets/citrus_fruit_piercing_moth_113.htm

 

Noticed in the valley – RED BACK SPIDER – with yellow egg sac

https://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_weavers/Red_Back.htm

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Our new Sunshine coast councillors

Division 5 –  Cr Winston Johnston – 5441 8043

Division 10 – Cr David Law – 5441 8368

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The Number 2 Obi Obi Creek crossing access restricted to Council and the Fire Brigade

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The brown patch of grass is the result of army worms at work

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Yellow Bells (Tecoma stans)

A seedling found in the valley 

 

Yellow bells (Tecoma stans) is regarded as an environmental weed in Queensland and New South Wales, and as a minor or potential environmental weed in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Prolific seed production, fast growth rate and tendency to re-colonise areas post fire disturbance allow it to compete heavily with native shrub layers.

https://weeds.brisbane.qld.gov.au/weeds/yellow-bells

 

Photo by Brisbane City Council

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The last wedding before the coronavirus

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