Birds

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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Kristy did not hesitate when she found this little fledgling bird in the middle of the road

Kristy did not hesitate when she found this little fledgling bird in the middle of the road at Casino. The fledgling was alert, even though it was bleeding around the beak and under one eye,  too young to fly it was terrified. Once in WIRES care it was identified as a little Olive-backed Oriole, the …

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Two Little Falcon chicks blown out of nest in a severe storm

Two Australian Hobby chicks were discovered by Tom at Cooorabell following a severe storm in the evening of 4th December. One chick had landed on a roof and the other on a concrete path.WIRES volunteer Andrew responded to the call and took the chicks to Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital where the chicks were examined. A …

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Severe weather forecast playing havoc with our Wildlife

BOM has forecast  a severe weather outlook for the 2021-22 Summer season, and already severe storms and heavy rain is playing havoc with our wildlife, in particular our native birds. Newly fledged birds are often found on the ground after torrential rain. They become wet and bedraggled and do not have the flight strength to …

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Tawny Frogmouth chicks in care

Tawny Frogmouth are well known for building flimsy nests and with this season of heavy rain and strong winds many of their chicks have ended up on the ground. It is normal for fledglings to be on the ground briefly or in strange position like verandas and poles. As long as they’re older and are …

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Young Tawny frogmouth caught in netting

Late yesterday afternoon WIRES volunteer Martin responded to a call for a young Tawny frogmouth caught in netting at Booyong. Martin tells the story:On arrival it was heartbreaking to see the parents and a sibling on the ground trying to protect and console the young one wrapped up in the string netting. The little one was …

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Australian Owlet-nightjars in care

Measuring just 23cm long, the Australian Owlet-nightjar is Australia’s smallest nocturnal bird. They are more often heard than seen as their mournful, repetitive cry can be heard at night in the bush, especially during nesting season.Recently WIRES volunteer Deb had two of these birds come into care within a week of each other.  The first …

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Pheasant Coucal in care

“Rufus” is a young Pheasant Coucal and he came into WIRES care 5 days ago after a caring member of the public, driving along Broken Head Road, noticed the bird sitting by the side of the road. Even though she was running late for work, she turned the car around and went back to have …

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