RESCUED: Sparrowhawk chicks - on the road to recovery.
RESCUED: Sparrowhawk chicks - on the road to recovery. Melanie Barsony

Secretive birds are rescued after storm

WILDLIFE caring involves many roles, not just caring for animals.

Transporting wildlife after rescue to an appropriate carer is a regular and often urgent need.

Sometimes, transport has to be arranged between WIRES branches.

Two Collared Sparrowhawk chicks survived after a storm brought down much of the tree where they were nesting. The parent birds were nowhere to be seen so any chance of reuniting the chicks was lost.

After initial care by another WIRES branch, a raptor carer was needed but none were available at the time in that area. A Northern Rivers branch member drove 5 1/2 hours round trip to bring the precious cargo to a raptor carer in Casino who hopes to release them in future.

Collared Sparrowhawks are a small secretive hawk who are found in woodlands, farmlands and sometimes urban areas.

They rely on trees or tall shrubs for cover to ambush their prey, darting out to catch them. At other times they sit quietly and are very easily overlooked.

Collared Sparrowhawks mainly eat small birds caught in flight, including the introduced sparrows and starlings, as well as lizards, insects and occasionally small mammals. They hunt during the day, and also at dawn and dusk to catch birds at their roost sites. They have a very-long middle toe used to clutch their prey.

Contact WIRES for rescues, advice or enquiries. The 24-hour hotline is for all calls to WIRES in the Northern Rivers - 6628 1898.

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