From Annie & Tully (above), all the mob of joeys and the carers at Loveland for Wildlife, a huge big thank you to all the ladies who came forward to help out with sewing new pouches for our furry critters. We had an overwhelming response and not only did we get heaps of new pouches, but also some beautiful new hanging bags, which were made by the wonderful ladies from the Quilting Club. A special thank you to Meg for arranging the assistance of the Quilting Club. Thank you so much to everybody, especially Pat, Lesley, Maureen, Debbie, Kim and Pam, for donating their time (and some materials) to help in this endeavour.
Since our last Bushtales, we have had a very busy wildlife season. Most of our readers will have read our last article “Our Birds in Crisis”. Leading up to the Australia Day holiday, the number of sick and dead birds found in our town was horrific, with an average of 2-3 pink and grey galahs being found daily. It is apparent that many of our residents are compassionate about this cause, as since our article was published, we have found only one dead galah and 4 sick babies. In all, 6 pink and grey galahs have been in care with suspected Avian Gastric Yeast and 2 with vehicle and animal related injuries. All 8 have been successfully rehabilitated, with 6 already having been released and 2 still in care. Our wildlife warriors still continue to place water/vinegar at strategic gathering places for the birds, and we would like to thank all residents who have done likewise, thus ensuring healthier flocks of these beautiful native birds. Our thanks also to our local Vet, Emma, for her assistance in prescribing the required medication to enable us to save these otherwise doomed babies.
Whilst on the subject of birds, we have had a different array of birds admitted this season. Obvious by their absence were the usual Little Shearwaters, which is great news. We only had 3 seabirds in, and an unusual water bird – an Australasian Grebe, which generally frequents rivers and estuaries. This little guy was found floundering in the ocean by Sabine from the Dental Surgery and consequently brought into our care. He had been attacked by Cormorants and seagulls and had a small head injury, as well as being exhausted and traumatised. After some TLC and liaison with DEC and WA Seabird Rescue, he was successfully rehabilitated and released at Mungagarra Springs, a permanent water hole located at Kenandra, our wildlife release site on Munbinea Road. Thanks to Sabine for her thoughtful action in rescuing this little critter. Some of our other bird admissions have included 2 baby Magpies, a baby Raven, baby Wattle Bird, baby Major Mitchell, a Black Hawk, a Night Jar Owl, 2 Tawny Frogmouths, a Top Knot Pigeon and 2 endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoos. Of these, only 3 were required to be euthenased, due to their injuries.
We currently have 12 Western Grey joeys in care, who should be ready for release into the big wide world during mid-June, as soon as we get some good rains and green grass. Out at Kenandra, the mob consists of 5 males and 1 female, and my mob of 5 girls and 1 boy will make for an interesting meeting in a few weeks’ time. Unfortunately, not all of the little joeys which come into care are destined for a healthy future. One such little guy was “Bailey Boy”. When Bailey was found in July last year, he weighed just 190 grams, which is very small for a Western Grey kangaroo, much like a premature baby being born at 26 weeks. Despite the best care, Bailey developed cataracts in both eyes. Following surgery to remove the cataracts, we were hopeful that his vision would be restored. That was not to be, and soon after arriving in Jurien, it became apparent that Bailey was quickly losing what sight had been restored. A visit to our Vet, Emma, confirmed our suspicions that Bailey was totally blind, and the heart-wrenching decision was made to euthenaze this little joey battler. This action was deemed the kindest action, as his future would have meant no quality of life, not being able to hop, or see any of his beautiful surroundings. I would like to dedicate this article to Bailey – we had the joy of his company for the “whole of his life”. Rest in Peace little man.
Ken Loveland and myself spent an unusual hour on Sunday 15th April, taking part in the “Great Cocky Count”. The Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo numbers have decreased by nearly 50% in the last 45 years, to the point that the species is now on the Endangered list. The Great Cocky Count is organised by BirdLife Australia in partnership with the Department of Environment and Conservation, and its aim is to estimate the population of these Cockatoos from Geraldton to Esperance through a “snapshot” count of the total number of cockatoos seen at a pre-designated roosting site, much like our Census. The idea was to stake out our roosting site approx. 8kms out of town, between 5.25pm and 6.25pm. The owner of the property had advised us that he had not seen any Black Cockatoos roosting for approximately 1 week leading up to the day of the count, so we didn’t really expect to see any birds on that particular night. It was all pretty quiet until 6.13pm, when the Cockatoos started arriving for the night!!! right on dark!! Do you know how hard it is to count numbers of screeching birds, flying in circles to find a roosting tree? Luckily, we only had about 50 birds which we actually sighted, but could hear many more roosting in trees at an adjoining property. The Great Cocky Count will continue one Sunday a month for the next 4 months, and if you would like to join in the fun, please contact myself (Sheryl) on 9652 1027 for further details. The more people, the easier it will be to count bird numbers! If anybody knows of a site where the Black Cockatoos roost at night, we would love to hear from you, so that we can include this site in next year’s Census.
Well, that’s about it from the Wildlife Hotline for now.
If you would like more information about Loveland for Wildlife, you can find us on FACEBOOK.
If you find sick or injured wildlife, please contact any of the following Wildlife Carers, the Shire Ranger, or local DEC Office:
Ken & Sandy Loveland , Trevor Maxwell 9652 6072
Sheryl Wilson 9652 1027
Pam Young 0429 663 827
Ranger 0408 911 272
DEC Office 9652 1911
If you would like to help our cause, donations over $2.00 are tax deductible and can be made direct to Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, BSB 633 000 Acc No. 1331 40905, or cheques can be made payable to Loveland for Wildlife Inc. and posted to PO Box 13, Jurien Bay, 6516.
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