Magpie Larks

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commish
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Magpie Larks

For young that fall from the nest, is there anything that can be done or just leave it to the parent birds?? So they live or die is up to the parents?? This is what I have been told!!

Not really much into birds, but since they built a nest in the tree next door interesting to know more about them.

I had always know them as Murray Magpie, it wasn't till I went looking for info on the net that I found their proper name.

Cheers

Holly
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Hi Commish - I posted in your welcome thread.

You could always try the local wildlife carers (WIRES) rather than the vet

commish
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Hi Holly,

Well, didn't really know of anyone here to call, so the missus rang the vet for advice & they told her just to leave it to the parents. If they want it to live they would look after it & if not they would do nothing. The missus would have like to saved it, but we both have no idea on what to feed it etc. That was one reason for joining here & see if next time there is something we could do.

They sat on the fence & watched it & would attack anyone trying to go near it.

As I said before don't know much about bird, wild ones that is, I did keep finches etc about 30 years ago. With those two nesting in the yard has got my interest up to know a bit more about them & others that I see in the yard at times.

I think these 2 birds have breeded for the 2nd time this year. We found 2 died babys in the yard back in December. WSe seen them building this nest & took a bit of interest in it.

Cheers from a sunny & hot SA

Commish

deva
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Hi Commish,
a few years ago hubby brought in a Figbird fledgling that had fallen out of nest. I rang wires and was told they cannot save every birds that falls (it was Christmas Eve). Anyway we were told to put it in tree where we could keep an eye on it.
Put it just outside kitchen window and it squawked like mad. We told our 2 cats to STAY AWAY from it - which they did!!!Every bird in the neighbourhood came and checked it out, till mum & dad figbird claimed it.
Big storms and much rain made it necessary for me to bring him in each evening - in box, in laundry, and out into tree each morning. About 20 mins later mum or dad would come in to feed it. They quickly developed a routine and between us we saved it!!! This is the abridged version of this very satisfying experience. Happy to elaborate if anyone interested.

deva
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re the 2 dead chicks - strong wind can blow them from their nest - maybe worth checking after strong winds and storms, if you know you have chicks in nest. Also cats can get to some nests - I wrapped a sleeve of chicken wire around branch below one nest to keep cat from it.
Maybe the heat just got them??
good luck with your birdwatching - may it develop into an enjoyable hobby
cheers
deva

commish
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Hi deva,

Thank for your comment about these birds. It would have been nice to save them, but not know what to really do.

It has been interesting in reading some of the info on this site about birds.

Cheers

Commish

Tassie

Gidday Commish, I don't know what state you are in but in Queensland this is how it worked for me.
I contacted the Dept of Enviroment and Heritage who in turn gave me the contact numbers of carers in my area and on other occassions gave me the number of a vet that looks after native fauna.
I have found several Joey's in their mothers pouch on the road,Kookaburras,Pee-wees,Galahs and even a Red winged parrot which all have been delivered to the vet when I get back to town.
After a check up and when they are well enough the vet sends them to the carers.
I hope this helps you.

commish
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Hi Tassie,

I'm in South Australia, & it is something I never thought anything about till this year. It is good though will look into what is here for any other time. It sort of got me a little of interest to know what bird were in & around me backyard. Went surfing the net & up come this site, so been learning a bit more about birds.

Cheers

Commish

deva
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Commish, things happen for a reason - and now you've found this great site. Enjoy!

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