Nov 102013

Hi everyone

There is a petition on to sign for a ban on private fireworks purchases, etc from next year.  There are already over 18,000 signatures and you could add yours!

Every year fireworks cause untold loss of chicks both in aviaries and in the wild, also eggs when parent birds are frightened off their nests, and even injuries as birds fly frightened, in the dark, with bright, flashing lights accompanied by terrible noises.

We don’t need them near the bush particularly because of the threat of fires as well as to the birdlife. It is ironic that many people in bush areas such as Otatara feed tuis on their properties and still set off fireworks on the same property!

Guy Fawkes is yet another British custom we have taken for many years and while I like many others enjoy the spectacle of sparkling colours, this is best seen in large public displays, well away from animals and birds.

Not only birds, but most animals, domestic or farmed, are scared to a varying extent by fireworks, and we believe it is about time someone stood up for our furry and feathered friends.  Even though purchase dates have been limited we still have several nights, not just one, of the noise and sight of these in the night sky, just when the birds have settled on their nests for the night.

Please take the time to check out the website and sign the petition.

Nov 262012

Russell and May at Bush Haven urgently need to arrange new house-sitters/ sanctuary minders for a weekend in February and extended [six weeks] time from 11 May to 22nd June 2013. 

Obviously we would like someone who genuinely cares for birds and could prepare food in mornings for both parrots and birds in care, mainly kereru; also for some kereru that come regularly for food but are now flying free.  Full training will be given for this and all outside aviaries are set up with a watering system, so no carrying heavy buckets etc.  Parrots would have full seed hoppers and only occasional green food etc done as non-breeding season.

Some experience in  dealing with minor avian injuries would be really pleasing but even just a genuine interest would be a help to us providing you could visit regularly for some training prior to house-sitting.

We also have two cats and a dog to feed morning and night.  You would live rent-free with power all paid by direct debit.  Heat pumps, automatic washing machine, dvd player, broadband and landline; newspaper delivery also paid; sorry no Sky but Freeview TV, .

If you are genuinely interested please contact us at 03.2130530 or in the first instance.  References may be required.

Jul 022012

During the month of June we were pretty sure that Bubs had a chick in the nest on our property.  She came for several feeds a day – up to six some days, especially towards the end of June, and rarely flew across the road, but usually flew back down into our bush after feeding. 

On Saturday, 30 June and 1/2 July another bird flew up close when Bubs came to the door for food.  It landed in the nearby plum tree but flew down the back when Bubs did. May managed to photograph it sitting in the oak tree – it has very similar markings to Bubs and we are so thrilled to be sure it is her chick.  Obviously with food being available she decided it was worth having a late baby.  Keeps us busy though.


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.