Rescue of the week: Babies galore after high winds in Rocky!
BABY season is well and truly under way in the bird world and Wildlife Rockhampton is receiving multiple calls every day to help babies who have fallen out of their nests.
Usually nests have fallen out of a tree and fledglings appear abandoned on the ground.
"Spring is keeping us very busy this year," said bird carer Julie Robertson.
"It always does, but this year there is reduced foliage on trees after TC Marcia so many nests don't have the protection they need to stay up. Recent high winds have seen many babies crashing to ground, nest and all," she said.
"For the parents to continue tending to these babies is a death sentence so it's imperative the nest - or a new makeshift version - be returned to the tree or very close by as soon as possible before the parents leave.
"We often get requests to come out and do this for people but we really need the public to do what they can to help us out. We're all volunteers with day jobs and it's unfortunately not always possible, especially when other animals are already relying on us for regular feeds, to get there as soon as is needed," said Julie.
If you find a baby bird on the ground, look carefully for its nest or parents nearby and return it as soon as possible. If the bird is fledgling age (trying to fly), place it on a branch away from danger so it can continue to learn to fly. Chances are it's parents won't be far away. If the bird is injured or sick please call Wildlife Rockhampton on 0429 GO WILD or take it to a vet as soon as possible.