May 202012
 
Bubs and No. 19 feeding

On 27th February 2012 Nick Fleury of 90 Marama Avenue South brought a young kereru to Bush Haven.  It was on the ground and couldn’t fly, and weighed only 422 grams, so obviously a young bird.

We fed it through a tube several times a day for a few days and gradually introduced it to thicker food like pureed fruit and veges, then more solid fruit and veges, as is usual, keeping it for a full week in a cardboard cat box, then into a cage in our laundry-cum-hospital.

By 19th March it weighed 435 grams and was put into a small aviary through the day and it soon started flying back and forwards in this aviary, while still being fed.  After a few days it started eating by itself and on 16th April we banded it with a silver band and put a red jess with ’19’ written on it.  That day it went to the big pre-release aviary and weighed in at 633 grams.

No. 19 was released on Sunday, 22nd April and flew into a nearby tree where Bubs was sitting.  She didn’t immediately chase it away and in fact it started flying around with her over the next day or so.

Ever since then, No.19 has been coming for food with Bubs at some part of the day – not every time she comes as we believe she is sitting again.  Bubs doesn’t chase No.19 away but doesn’t like it feeding from her dish, so we now have two kereru being fed daily and this is quite exciting for visitors.  Randall Milne with his two children, Gabrielle and James were happy to feed the birds.  They later named No. 19 ‘Lucy’ – we’re pretty sure she is a female.

Ex-pat Kiwi, Arthur Alsop enjoyed feeding the birds also.  Arthur has been our house-sitter once while we were on holiday so has an affinity with them.

 

May 082012
 

Bush Haven Native Bird Charitable Trust would like to thank the Community Trust of Southland for the further operational grant confirmed recently.  Building repairs are progressing and will when finished, ensure there is always shelter for the important birds and  visiting school groups. 

Thanks also for financial assistance from DoC Southland for day to day costs and repairs to aviaries.  I quote – “It is the department’s way of supporting a self-run organisation undertaking important community conservation work.  We acknowledge the continued annual effort towards the survival of native bird populations in the Invercargill area.  Without the work the Trust does, many individual birds would not get a second chance after unplanned encounters with humans, man-made objects or introduced pests.  Keep up the good work Bush Haven!”