Not all birds need res­cue

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Ge­off Vi­vian

A Gree­nough wildlife carer said peo­ple were bring­ing young birds to her that did not need to be res­cued, and she had taken them back to their par­ents.

Michelle Jones said many peo­ple saw young birds alone on the ground and im­me­di­ately thought they needed res­cue, but this was not nec­es­sar­ily the case.

“On Mon­day af­ter­noon some­one brought me a baby mud­lark, this mud­lark was at the fledg­ling stage where they are be­ing taught by their par­ents to branch off and nav­i­gate trees,” she said.

Ms Jones said two days ear­lier some­one had brought her a tawny frog­mouth from Green Head.

“Be­ing a noc­tur­nal species it was un­usual to have it on the ground but once I got a photo ID of it, I re­alised once again it was an­other fledg­ling,” she said.

“I would say it had jumped to the ground just on sun-up when the par­ents had re­turned to the tree.

“Af­ter be­ing re­turned to a branch from where it was taken, the par­ents im­me­di­ately took it straight back into the tree.”

Ms Jones said it was easy to tell whether a bird needed res­cue.

“Look at the bird, does it have feath­ers, does it have any in­jury,” she said. “If it has a lot of feath­ers and no in­jury, is it a noc­tur­nal or di­ur­nal species. If it is noc­tur­nal some­times tak­ing it into care un­til night-time is the thing to do.”

Ms Jones said if it was a species nor­mally awake dur­ing the day, it might be de­hy­drated.

“Some­times tak­ing it out of the sun for an hour is the thing to do but we don’t rec­om­mend you give it any­thing un­til you con­tact a carer,” she said.

“You can kill an an­i­mal by giv­ing it some­thing that is not its di­etary re­quire­ment — you can drown a tawny frog­mouth. It gets its wa­ter from its food.”

Ms Jones can be con­tacted on 0401 272 608 or at wild­info@ wildlife­and­bird­

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