The Eastern Rosella chicks that were saved by an excavation worker - photo from WIRES Northern Rivers. Photo Contributed
The Eastern Rosella chicks that were saved by an excavation worker - photo from WIRES Northern Rivers. Photo Contributed Contributed

Excavation worker saves Rosella chicks

THANKS to the efforts of a workmen, some baby birds have been saved from a terrible fate.

WIRES Northern Rivers posted about the incident on their Facebook page.

An excavator operator was getting ready to clear a block of land in Goonellabah when he heard noises coming from a tree stump, WIRES said.

When he investigated he found six Eastern Rosella chicks in the stump and called WIRES.

When WIRES arrived, two adult Rosellas flew from nearby bushes to where the tree stump stood, but unfortunately, as there was no way of saving the stump, the chicks were taken into care.

Just before dusk and after the excavation work was done two WIRES volunteers returned to the site to place a nesting box in a nearby tree hoping to reunite the chicks with their parents.

Unfortunately it had become very windy, there was still a lot of noise and the parent birds did not show up.

The chicks were brought back into care; another attempt would need to be made the following day.

The next morning at dawn it was still and calm, all the wild birds were waking up and starting to feed, two adult eastern rosellas did a fly over where the nesting box was placed and landed in some nearby trees but they did not come to the box.

Looking around, another tree was located nearby and the nesting box was relocated to that tree, where finally the parents came down to the chicks and began feeding them.

"Thank you to Mark and his men for checking the building site before clearing and for calling WIRES," WIRES wrote on their Facebook page. 



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