Friday, July 31, 2015

JULY SPEAKER'S REPORT - Bird Carer, Lorraine McPhee

Lorraine, with her many years of bird-care experience gave us a number of critically important points about what to do and not to do when trying to help birds, so I will repeat points from her ‘Fledgling Birds’ leaflet called “So You Think I Can’t Fly!”:..... 

     1. Can the bird you are concerned about Stand and Walk?    
     2. Is the bird Trying to fly?    
     3. Are its Parents nearby?

If it is “Yes” to these three questions, then it has just left the nest and is learning to fly. It is best to put it in the tree near where you found it. The parents are looking for it and they will continue to feed and care for it.

Birds born in tree hollows fly out of their hole....those  born in a nest take up to five days to learn to fly after leaving their nest onto a limb.

If you find an injured bird, wrap a cloth around it, keep it held upright, and put it in a cardboard box, NOT a wire cage, as its wings can be caught and broken by the wires if it starts to flap around. Then take it to a Vet! If properly set and fixed in place, birds’ bones (which are hollow) do heal quickly.

When a bird flies into a window it often suffers (and will die) from a ruptured air sack, so please mark your glass windows and sliding doors with curtains, shades, and/or stickers. 

When dealing with raptors, one must be especially cautious of their talons! And another caution is that Frogmouths do bite! Kookaburra and Emus will adopt new chicks that are not their own; and one can add new ducklings to join up with a flock of its own kind. 

A serious virus in birds is “Beak & Feather Disease” from which about half die, and it is quite contagious between birds. 

Numbers to call when you find an injured animal are:
         1300-Animal (1300 264 625) this is an RSPCA Qld service
        Woop Woop Wildlife Rescue 0417 382 184    (In or near Toowoomba)

Report by Lauren Marlatt 

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