Disoriented seabird arrives in Tokoroa
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.