Birds blown from nests

YESTERDAY'S dust storm may have got us humans in a flap, but nothing like the baby birds left displaced and disoriented by the winds.

WIRES Northern Rivers member Elk Anstey, who was manning phones when the storm hit, said she expected a barrage of calls regarding displaced nestlings when the dust settled.

“During any storm, let alone a dust storm, baby birds and eggs can easily be blown out of their nests. I would advise people to look beneath trees on their property and check for lone nestlings,” Ms Anstey said.

Ms Anstey said the best thing to do if you find a displaced baby bird is to locate its nest, and, if you can reach it, put the bird back.

“If you can't, get an ice cream container, fill it with tissue and leave it in view of its parents,” Ms Anstey advised .

“People mean well, but they need to know that the number one rule when you find a bird is 'Do not give it any food or water',” she said.

The RSPCA also warned pet owners to limit the exposure of their animals to the storm.

You can call WIRES on 6628 1898.



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