Nesting birds rescued in Rockingham

Left: A City of Rockingham environment officer checks the nest. Above: The clutch of eggs.       Pictures: Gabrielle Jeffery
Nesting birds rescued in Rockingham
Left: A City of Rockingham environment officer checks the nest. Above: The clutch of eggs.       Pictures: Gabrielle Jeffery

A WORKER who stopped a routine tree removal to save nesting native birds has been praised for his quick thinking.

Daniel Spry, from Beaver Tree Services, was assessing the tree when he discovered nesting pink and grey galahs in a 25m tuart tree on a verge in Baldivis.

He called the City of Rockingham and was told to stop work until the birds could be removed safely.

Beaver Tree Services managing director Paul Harrison was happy workers put the birds’ welfare first.

“We have an environmental policy, as we do jobs in native areas,” he said.

Mr Harrison said in the past staff had rescued other species from trees, including cats, and they tried to retain bees where they could.

He said they left non-urgent jobs for six to eight weeks to allow birds to complete their nesting cycle.

DPaW Volunteer Kathleen Verrier stressed the importance of notifying the right people in similar situations.

“I’m pleased the tree loppers called when they discovered the baby pink and greys,” she said.

“My advice is to try not to clear land or cut trees in spring when there are babies. If loppers or people do find birds they should call the Wildcare Helpline.”

Mayor Barry Sammels said council decided to remove the tree after an assessment.

“A routine arborist’s assessment of all significant verge trees was being completed in Baldivis,” he said.

“It was found the tree had extensive decay. From time to time unhealthy trees can pose a safety risk and need to be removed.”

Mr Sammels said when it was found the tree had an active nest, officers applied to Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) for a licence to remove the chicks.

“A DPaW carer was appointed to care for the removed chicks,” he said. Fortunately, the chicks had previously left the nest and only a few unhatched eggs remained, which were given to the appointed carer.

If you find nesting birds or wildlife in danger of losing their homes, call the Wildcare Helpine on 9474 9055 or contact DPaW.