Baby magpie rescue brings neighbours together

Watermans Bay residents Ken Schultz and Arthur Green with one of the rescued magpies. Pictures: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d496456
Watermans Bay residents Ken Schultz and Arthur Green with one of the rescued magpies. Pictures: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d496456

A GROUP of neighbours hope three magpie chicks they rescued after a recent storm will soon return to their tribe.

Watermans Bay resident Arthur Green said he found three baby birds on the footpath and nature strip when a “horrific storm swept through Elvire Street” on October 4.

“They had been blown out of the pine tree, together with nest,” he said.

“Feeling sorry for them, I got a towel out of the car, wrapped them in it for warmth and protection, then placed them in a bush on the opposite of the road.

“One of the parent magpies watched me do this, sitting on the letterbox nearby.”

Arthur Green with the hanging basket liner in front of the tree the birds’ nest was in.

The next day, Mr Green bought a hanging basket liner for the birds to nest in and neighbour Ken Schultz tried to hand feed the chicks, but they were not receptive to it as the men were not their parents.

Mr Green said they decided to take the birds to Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, where they stayed for 17 days.

“I was notified that the magpies were ready to go back to the tribal area (so) my wife Brenda and I collected them,” he said.

Arthur Green and Ken Schultz with the rescued magpies.

“We decided to place the cage at the front door of Ken and (his wife) Maxine as many magpies, plus other birds, congregate morning and night there for feeding.

“The magpies were let out to run around, hopefully mixing with other magpies, some being their parents.

“As yet they are not accepted.”

According to the Parks and Wildlife Service, magpie tribes defend a territory of up to 8ha against other magpies because they get their food, build nests and rear their young in that area.

If you find injured wildlife, call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055.

Arthur Green with the baby magpies.