Birds

Superb Fruit-dove in care

When WIRES volunteer Julie was sent a photograph of a bird that had been found on the ground she was surprised to see it was a male, Superb Fruit-dove. They are rarely rescued in our local area and it was even more surprising to discover it had been found at Girards Hill in Lismore. The …

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Barn owl at the Principal’s office

Last Thursday WIRES was called to rescue a Barn Owl trapped inside a building at the Living School in Lismore. On arrival WIRES volunteer Julie immediately became aware of a Pied Currawong flying at the window where the Barn Owl was sitting on the inside, trapped inside the building. When Julie was informed that it …

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Baby Magpie falls from nest

Following on from our Magpie story from yesterday, another baby magpie has fallen from its nest.Fortunately the location of this nest was approximately 15m high and accessible to a cherry picker. Steve Cubis Tree Services frequently volunteers their time to help WIRES with birds that have fallen from their nests or need rescuing from a …

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It’s Spring and the birds are busily breeding.

Unfortunately not all baby birds stay in the nest, some fall out because they become too adventurous, or their siblings play a little rough, the windy weather is another cause or a predator bird may take them.Australian Magpies build their nests very high in the top of eucalypt or pine trees. If their chicks fall …

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Happy Fathers Day

WIRES would like to wish every father a very happy Father’s Day ❤ To celebrate, we want to talk about one of the great fathers of the animal kingdom… Tawny Frogmouth! Tawny Frogmouth dads share the responsibilities of parenting. Male and female share in the building of nest by collecting twigs and mouthfuls of leaves, …

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26 August 2021

Native Wildlife & Rodenticides: A Deadly Combination     WIRES was recently contacted by Kate, she had found this Barn owl dead on the ground, with no sign of injury, no sign of reason why it had died.Sadly it is most likely a case of second generation poisoning and this owl is just one of many native …

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23 August 2021

At the Nimbin Hardware and Building supplies last Thursday, two tiny unfeathered chicks were discovered in a pile of sand by workers, the tunnel leading into the nest had collapsed exposing the chicks. The chicks were warm and uninjured. Hawk and his work colleague set up a new tunnel using a section of poly pipe; …

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22 August 2021

Today is the start of #KeepAustraliaBeautifulWeek, which runs until the 28th of August.There are two key themes this year: ‘Dropped on Land, Kills at Sea’, and ‘Where Does Your Rubbish Go?’ These two themes impact the daily life of WIRES members and the rescues we attend. Entanglement and ingestion of non-organic substances are two major …

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14 August 2021

MAGPIE NESTING SEASON Magpie nesting season is here again. During this period the natural behaviour of the male magpie is to protect their young from what they see as threats. Male magpies demonstrate defensive behaviour only when they have eggs or chicks in the nest and this usually lasts from 4 – 6 weeks. Most …

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4 August 2021

Harry the kookaburra was rescued after being found near the road by a caring member of the public, Mitch. Harry had suffered a fractured wing, he was also concussed and in shock.     Harry’s fracture was complicated and once stabilised in WIRES care he was taken to Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital where skilled veterinarian Dr Bree conducted …

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