WIRES was called when a young tawny
chick was found sitting on the ground,
with its caring mum sitting on it, keeping
Such a vulnerable position was not
good, so the chick was rescued by WIRES carer William whilst a substitute nest was erected.
substitute nest did not suit the tawny so
a bit of ingenuity was called for. In the
wild, tawnies normally pick a nest site
high in a fairly open large tree and their n
nests are a minimal flattish structure of
sticks. WIRES carer Jane noticed a plastic seedling tray
belonging to the member of the public,
and this was the basis of the new nest.
It was lined with sticks then leaves so it
wasn’t quite so deep.
A suitable tree was
found that was sheltered by other trees
but still easy for the tawnies to fly to.
When the substitute nest was securely
tied in the new position, the tawny chick
was placed in it. All this was watched
by the caring parents. Even though it
was daylight, a time when tawnies don’t
usually fly, the mother bird made her
way in stages over to the new nest and
sat on her baby. They were checked the
next day and mother bird was with her
chick while the father roosted nearby.