Caught bird

To: Martin Butterfield <>, Mark Clayton <>
Subject: Caught bird
From: "Maconachie, Michael" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 23:52:10 +0000

If anyone finds a bird caught up in a tree (or other wildlife for that matter) call Canberra Connect 13 22 81 and ask for the wildlife ranger (24 hours). They will sort it out and may involve ACT Wildlife who care for injured native wildlife. If required the ranger will call the fire brigade to assist, who will if they are available. They have assisted many times in the past.



Michael Maconachie

Senior Ranger

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve

ACT Parks and Conservation Service

TAMS Directorate

0428 113 533




From: Martin Butterfield [
Sent: Monday, 17 August 2015 4:21 PM
To: Mark Clayton
Cc: Geoff; COG List
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Caught bird


In British comedies it is traditionally the fire brigade who are called to rescue cats caught in trees so perhaps the RFS might feel like extricating the duck.  


Alternatively tree surgeons are probably better at climbing trees than the good-hearted people of the RSPCA (although they may need to have their crampons crossed with silver, gold or paper).




On 17 August 2015 at 14:45, Mark Clayton <> wrote:



If the bird is still alive it may be able to extricate itself from the situation it has got itself into. If it is dead then that is that! At the height you mention (although 25’ is not all that high) I don’t think there would be too many people prepared to risk life and limb to rescue the bird, and I doubt whether the ACT parks people would be all that interested. When it is all said and done it is nature doing what nature does. Still, you could try the RSPCA or the ACT equivalent of WIRES (not sure what they are called) who may want to try something.





From: Geoff [
Sent: Monday, 17 August 2015 1:52 PM
To: 'Mark Clayton';
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Caught bird




I was originally attracted by a Wood Duck in a nearby tree. Then the Galahs came along. It is too high for me to get it out. Should I report it to someone or is it just bad luck?


Yes Sugar Gliders.







From: Mark Clayton
Sent: Monday, 17 August 2015 1:40 PM
To: 'Geoff' <>;
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Caught bird




The wing belongs to a Wood Duck and obviously has managed to get itself trapped by the looks of things. At this time of year holes are a valuable commodity with many hole nesting species starting to think very seriously about breeding, resulting in squabbles between different species. I assume the gliders you refer to are Sugar Gliders?






Does anyone know what belongs to this wing? It is caught in a hole in a dead tree about 25’ from the ground.


A galah was screeching at the hole which caused 4 gliders to race out. I saw 2 glide to different trees and disappear into other holes. The galahs chased the gliders as they went into the holes.







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