These past couple of weeks has seen an influx of baby birds come through the WILVOS 5441 6200 Hotline. Some have been successfully reunited with their parents after being checked out for injuries. We also have to ensure that there are no predators such as domestic pets in the immediate area. It is not “nature” to have a native animal killed by a dog or cat so we have to give our little birds the best chance possible of surviving all the dangers.
Just in the last couple of days I’ve had a variety of birds brought to my door. There’s been a black-faced cuckoo shrike (how I love the sound those chicks make!), a much-maligned brush turkey chick, an adult emerald dove that hit a window, and a very sad, lonely little wood duck. Now the lorikeets have outgrown the humidicrib, it is housing a tiny blue-faced honeyeater and two newly-arrived “I’m not sure what they are!” featherless chicks.
Along with the bird population and wallabies and possums I don’t have much time to ponder on the pain of my fractured ankle. I’m sure that’s why wildlife carers are fast healers. We can slow down a little but not for long!
Speaking of slowing down I received my first speeding ticket, for many years, last week. Distracted, I didn’t notice I was over the speed limit. I wondered why the police car was flashing its lights. Driving towards my street it then occurred to me that I was the one being followed! I don’t think there is any excuse for speeding but I guess it’s kind of the police to ask. He didn’t think it was an emergency that I had to race down to the vets after closing time to get some kangaroo medication. I did say it was actually an emergency for the kangaroo, but I think he just thought I was slightly demented! I deserved my speeding fine, and the police do a great job, which must be very stressful even on a good day.
As this busy time of year approaches it is hoped everyone remains patient and tranquil, remembering it is a precious time to share with family and friends. The frenetic shopping for presents and food is a complete waste of time as people only have fond memories of the happy relaxed times with their loved ones. A wonderful time can be achieved without undue panic.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS)
PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au