Birds

Topknot pigeons in care

At this time each year in the Northern Rivers area, you may see large flocks of birds traversing the countryside. They can be observed feeding in the upper forest canopy, hanging from branches, often upside-down, flapping their wings loudly to keep balance. These birds are Topknot Pigeons, they are frugivorous, feeding on small native fruits, …

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Tawny frogmouth in care after dog attack

Back in early March a Tawny frogmouth was rescued after being attacked by a dog at Doubtful Creek. He had lost most of his tail feathers and was unable to fly.When he was first rescued he was traumatised and in shock. He would need to be in care till his tail feathers had grown back.WIRES …

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Royal Spoonbill reunited after falling from nest

On Monday 16 May John arrived at work to find a baby Royal Spoonbill on the ground. It had fallen from its nest located high up in a very tall pine tree.The school where John works is near Alstonville Vet Clinic so he bundled the little one up and took it there to be examined.Fortunately, …

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Raptor severely affected by recent heavy rain and floods.

This beautiful raptor was severely affected by recent heavy rain and floods. Heavy rainfall can reduce foraging time for many bird species. We tend to think that birds can just fly away when heavy rain is persistent over a long period, but this will all depend on the on the severity and scale of weather …

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White-breasted Woodswallow in WIRES care

Anthony and his daughter Eavie contacted WIRES after finding a White-breasted Woodswallow on the ground at their property in Bentley.The little bird was unable to fly so was taken to Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital by WIRES volunteer Julie.Even though one wing was slightly dropped and there was a slight scuff mark on its left wrist, …

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Magpie suspended from a branch 12 meters in the top of a Silky Oak tree.

WIRES volunteer Julie had just attended a rescue at Bexhill when a call came through for a rescue at Eltham.Simon had called WIRES after realising that a Magpie was entangled in string and suspended from a branch 12 metres in the top of a Silky Oak tree. Simon had seen the magpie the day before …

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Severe flooding in Northern NSW

With severe flooding occurring across our region, please be aware that wildlife will be distressed; many will be displaced and waterlogged by rising floodwaters and heavy rainfall.Wildlife will in many cases be sheltering in unusual places. Please be compassionate and allow the animal to shelter, it may have nowhere else to go until the situation …

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Topknot pigeon chick in trouble

Steve was out for a morning walk when he came across this little  Topknot pigeon on the ground. He looked around but could not locate any parent birds He gently scooped it up and contacted WIRES. The little bird was examined and kept in WIRES care overnight to make sure it wasn’t injured. The following …

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Juvenile Channel-billed Cuckoo in WIRES care

Jayen watched in dismay as Crows relentlessly attacked a juvenile bird in a tree on his Myocum property. When it finally came to the ground on New Year’s day the young bird was exhausted as Jayen gently scooped it up with a towel and called Wires. Thinking  it was a hawk because of its big …

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For this New Years resolution become a wildlife carer or rescuer.

For this New Years resolution become a wildlife carer or rescuer.Here are a few reasons why:• Over 100,000 calls for wildlife rescue advice and assistance are made annually to WIRES Rescue Office, resulting in hundreds of animals in daily need of rescue. Despite the amazing work current volunteers do, we never have enough volunteers to …

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