Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch

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Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch

Postby TheBirderman » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:05 pm

Hopefully these guys won’t reach the South Island, that will be one more problem for us here in NZ.
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Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch

Postby pfe92nz » Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:52 am

Seen on last three mornings (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) in the same area. Best view was from Hawke Street in the morning. Often near the tyre protecting the water pipe from the mowers.
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Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch

Postby GrahameNZ » Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:49 pm

Still there this afternoon.
One of the joys of urban birding.
I'd spent five or so minutes going away from it and then using trees to work back close.
Plan A worked well.
It then took flight and as I turned to watch it fly across the river a large dog bounded up to say hi.
Closely followed by its owner.
He asked me what I was taking pics of and appeared rather bemused when I replied nothing :)
We've all been ther and will again, guess it will always give me a bit of an inner smile.

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Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch

Postby pfe92nz » Fri May 18, 2018 7:53 pm

After not seeing for over three weeks it was there at same location at 4pm this afternoon.
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Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch

Postby GrahameNZ » Sat May 19, 2018 6:42 am

Hi John,
I thought it was bad timing on my part.
Hadn't seen the bird since the Apr 19 obsv above.
I went past a couple of times around 4 pm yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see it again.
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Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch

Postby andrewcrossland » Tue May 29, 2018 11:01 am

A report has come in that the myna was sighted at the old "ANZ bank" site on 26 may.
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Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch

Postby andrewcrossland » Tue May 29, 2018 5:25 pm

Ok. So that's the old ANZ bank site on corner of Seaview Rd and Union Street (ie; the west end of new Brighton mall )...
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Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch

Postby kelly111 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:24 pm

pfe92nz wrote:My wife rang me to say she had seen a Myna and were they common here. I went to the area and sure enough there was a myna (photo to come)
On the red zone land in the block bordered by New Brighton Road, Hawke Street, Keyes Road, Pratt Street.
Was quite happy feeding in the grass with a few starlings nearby.
Maybe an escapee.

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hi do you know if it is still there.be good to get a photo of it..
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Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch

Postby kelly111 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:26 pm

GrahameNZ wrote:Still there this afternoon.
One of the joys of urban birding.
I'd spent five or so minutes going away from it and then using trees to work back close.
Plan A worked well.
It then took flight and as I turned to watch it fly across the river a large dog bounded up to say hi.
Closely followed by its owner.
He asked me what I was taking pics of and appeared rather bemused when I replied nothing :)
We've all been ther and will again, guess it will always give me a bit of an inner smile.

Myna_GNZ20180419-7921.jpg
do you know if it is still there.be good to get a photo...thanks
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Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch

Postby kengeorge » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:24 am

Has anybody had a definitive view of more than one at a time in the area? If it's the only one, I would suggest that rather than it being an indication of the North Island birds heading south, this particular individual is perhaps a ship-assisted vagrant? If it's just one bird hundreds of kilometers from any other known groups (and across the other side of Cook Strait), then it's worth considering that this individual hitched a ride on a ship coming in to a local port. Whether it got on board that ship at a North Island port, or one in Asia/Australia, who knows eh?

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