The weather patterns do seem to influence the movement of wildlife. This flows on to the calls on the WILVOS Hotline 5441 6200.
The turtles are now being found by roadsides as they trek around the countryside. People feel the urge to immediately move them to water but the turtles know where the water is! As with echidnas, if a turtle is moved off the road, it should be moved in the direction it was going.
The local birds didn’t enjoy the constant rain so much. Initially they love playing and preening themselves in the rain but continuing wet days mean no nectar on the flowers and insects are in short supply for the insectivorous birds.
In wet weather the lorikeet mix from the supermarket can be placed out in a dish up away from predators. This gives birds such as lorikeets some sustenance. It will begin to spoil after an hour, so it is best to take it in when they have had a feed. The birds will soon learn your habits! It’s not good for birds to be always reliant on this food source, as this creates more problems. It is much better to plant native fruiting, seeding and flowering trees.
Bread and honey should not be fed. Processed foods cause diseases in birds, that can eventually lead to their death. Seed mix should be immediately taken in if it gets damp as it can be toxic to our grain eaters. Our native birds deserve only the very best.
We have exquisite birds in Australia and it is a great educational activity to record the various species that live in your backyard. You would be amazed at how many different birds visit you. Recently, someone brought me a slightly stunned male Australian Golden Whistler. They are an example of an incredibly beautifully bird. Australia is a country of amazing fauna and flora.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS) PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au