Dis­ori­ented seabird ar­rives in Toko­roa

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Toko­roa truck driver Alie Mar­shall was stunned when her part­ner found a fairy prion bird at his work­place in Toko­roa.

Ms Mar­shall said these types of birds had ap­peared on a news bul­letin.

‘‘They were mi­grat­ing to the Chatham Is­lands but be­cause of the bad storms a lot got dumped around the Waikato. This bird is the most in­land they have found them.’’

Ms Mar­shall and her boyfriend are mak­ing plans to de­liver the bird to the Ro­torua Bird Sanc­tu­ary.

‘‘If they can’t take the bird then we will look at do­ing a road trip to Taranaki, be­cause there is a group there help­ing get the birds to the Chathams.’’

The bird is cur­rently re­sid­ing in a com­fort­able chain­saw box filled with hay, sitting close to the warm fire.

‘‘ When my part­ner brought home the bird I had to look af­ter it and then the news bul­letin came on and I was like wow this is the same bird. My love for an­i­mals started young, the first an­i­mal I saved was a seag­ull.’’

Since then Ms Mar­shall has also res­cued nu­mer­ous dogs, cats and the big­gest is a horse.

How­ever, this is her first fairy prion. ‘‘I will make sure this lit­tle fella gets home.’’

The pri­ons live most of the year at sea, only com­ing to dry land to breed.

At this time of year they are mi­grat­ing to the Chatham Is­lands to fat­ten up be­fore breed­ing and the birds usu­ally wait out storms by rest­ing on the wa­ter.

How­ever, con­tin­u­ing bad weather has seen them ham­mered by strong winds and choppy seas.

Ex­hausted birds washed up on the shore­line and died from ex­haus­tion and star­va­tion.

FAIRY PRION: Alie Mar­shall with a Fairy Prion found in Toko­roa last week.

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