Re: Bird drownings

To: Birding Aus <>
Subject: Re: Bird drownings
From: Penn Gwynne <>
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2003 16:11:50 -0800 (PST)

Nearly all my working life here in Oz I worked in the field of anti water pollution. I'm thinking about any contamination from eventual rusting metal or algae growth on and from the plastic? surely it's better to stop the fault rather fixing a cure?

Why not change the surface area where they CAN'T grip? to an area where they can grip? adding floating wood, metal or plastic can cause water pollution problems?

JAG without secretary bird.

Hilary Richrod <> wrote:

From: "Hilary Richrod" <>
To: Penn Gwynne <>
CC: Wren <>,

Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2003 21:35:00 -0800
Subject: Re: Bird drownings

This happens particularly with young birds - put some large sticks in the water, or hang some sticks over the top of the pools, anything where the sticks are close or in the water .... If the pools are deep, you can put in a garbage-can lid or something shallow where the birds can sit & bathe. I have the top of a plastic pet-carrier in my deep pool, held down with half a rock from Mt St Helens! ... or, sink a couple of largish rocks in the pools if those are more available ..

Hilary Richrod/Small Wild Bird Clinic of Aberdeen

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