Not all birds need rescue
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@ wildlifeandbirdpark.com.au.