Nov 222012

Since mid September we have had several birds in care, some of them died within hours of arrival but we are still looking after six, the latest of which arrived late last night with a burst crop.   Most of these birds hit windows, although one was found in a paddock outside town so although it may still have hit a window, it also may have hit a tree or power line.

The bird with damaged crop was operated on this morning by our faithful vet, Dr Lisa Stuart and we are giving it IV fluids through a set up catheter in its leg every half hour.  By this evening it should be okay to give fluids through a feeding tube, along with antiobiotics.

Everything is a learning curve. The bird is very feisty, so it really wants to live. Unfortunately there could be a chick without a mum but maybe the dad will continue to feed it. 

I will add a photo later.  The crop was packed full of leaf bites of varying sizes, which were meticulously picked out by Lisa prior to cleaning and stitching the wound.  As well as those picked out, several more leaves had fallen out in the box the bird was brought to us in last night, so the crop would have been really full with rough food, which is probably the reason it burst so readily.

As May had a dental appointment today we had to call on the assistance of Dr Lisa Myers who was at home and able to come and help with a couple of IV doses.

We’re hoping some of the birds in cages in the laundry/hospital start eating and moving along to the next phase to create a bit more room for the ongoing care of the now three birds in carry-boxes – where they remain for the first week of care.

Nov 152012

On Thursday, 15 November 2012 three ladies from ILT and ILT Foundation visited Bush Haven and were shown around the facilities, feeding of an injured bird in hospital and the other birds in our rehab situation.

They also viewed the native and exotic parrot collection, which is funded by the sale of birds bred on the property.

While here they presented Russell with a cheque for $1,000 to help provide the rehab facility with food and other necessities such as vet fees etc for a further term.

We would like to thank the ILT Foundation for continuing to support our work.

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!”


Apr 282012

In February, Chris Maginn, International Officer, Africa for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, spent a night with us.  He took a great photo of Russell with one of our female kaka, and a very interesting one was taken of him getting a ‘clean-out’. Thanks to Chris for forwarding the photos and I thought I’d share them, also one of Chris with Bubs.