Rooks eradicated but council alert for any sightings

PEST BIRD: Rooks are classified as an eradication pest bird in the Gisborne region. File picture

Sightings of rooks around the district have contributed to a successful Gisborne District Council eradication programme during spring.

The council’s biosecurity team did its annual surveillance for the bird pest during September and October.

They tracked sightings in outer Kaiti and successfully removed two adult birds and two juveniles from a nest site at the end of Wallis Road.

“Rooks are an extremely invasive pest and periodically we get birds from Wairoa trying to establish nests in the district,” said shared services science manager, Lois Easton.

In large numbers, rooks could be destructive to the environment.

“They can cause significant losses to farming and cropping industries, and leave large areas of pasture bare and vulnerable to weed infestations and wind erosion.

“They are a clever bird. If a nesting group are spooked they will split up and disperse to other locations, making it even more difficult to locate them.

“We’re very pleased our biosecurity team managed to get to them quickly before the juvenile birds left the nest.”

Report any sightings of rooks to the council, 24 hours a day on 06 867 2049.

Sightings of rooks around the district have contributed to a successful Gisborne District Council eradication programme during spring.

The council’s biosecurity team did its annual surveillance for the bird pest during September and October.

They tracked sightings in outer Kaiti and successfully removed two adult birds and two juveniles from a nest site at the end of Wallis Road.

“Rooks are an extremely invasive pest and periodically we get birds from Wairoa trying to establish nests in the district,” said shared services science manager, Lois Easton.

In large numbers, rooks could be destructive to the environment.

“They can cause significant losses to farming and cropping industries, and leave large areas of pasture bare and vulnerable to weed infestations and wind erosion.

“They are a clever bird. If a nesting group are spooked they will split up and disperse to other locations, making it even more difficult to locate them.

“We’re very pleased our biosecurity team managed to get to them quickly before the juvenile birds left the nest.”

Report any sightings of rooks to the council, 24 hours a day on 06 867 2049.

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