Since 2005 I have provided a free rescue service for injured native birds on the Gold Coast. During that time thousands of wild birds that would otherwise have suffered a miserable death, or been left seriously injured or maimed, got the help they needed. This is a unique service because I specialize in catching ‘flight capable’ birds. I’m the only full time rescuer along this 50 kilometre coastline that can catch these birds.
(Scroll down to read the latest monthly Capture Report. Note … donors who gift $25 or more are automatically sent the next 12 reports)
While conducting wildlife rescue work in 2017 I took more than 2000 phone calls; drove 25,000 kilometers; attended 531 rescues and caught hundreds of sick, injured or orphaned birds. I haven’t done a detailed breakdown of the species rescued since 2015 but at the time this included …
Most rescues can be completed in two to three hours, but sometimes it can take days or even weeks just to track down and catch one bird. That time increases when hospitalization is needed along with release at a later date. Then there is administration, web commitments and time attending the phone. The financial cost of providing all this is considerable.
If you love wildlife and would like to assist this unique rescue service please visit the Donations page and make a contribution. Any amount, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated and helps to ensure that emergency support is available for sick and injured birds, 7 days a week. Your help makes all the difference.
A BIG thank you from me and the birds.
Beginning July 2014 I’ve posted a monthly Capture Report so that supporters can follow the activities of Wild Bird Rescues GOLD COAST. Each report contains pictures and inspiring stories about birds that were saved during that month, plus any special activities of the rescue service.
For daily action log onto Wild Bird Rescues GOLD COAST Facebook.
Hi Everyone Activity picked up during January with Wild Bird Rescues attending 38 sick, injured or orphaned birds. Species rescued included ducks, swans, ibis, pelis, cormorants, crows, maggies, pigeons, gulls, a white-faced heron and even a striated heron. Striated heron are not a bird that I have to catch very often. They’re funny little blokes…. [Read More]
Hi Everyone, October was steady at Wild Bird Rescues with 30 sick or injured birds receiving help. In fact, exactly the same number of rescues as last month. A Bird in the Hand Spotter Sandy (of the flaming red hair) pulled off a specky catch when she sidled up and pounced on this peli. Sandy… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, September was steady at Wild Bird Rescues with 30 birds needing help. Swans topped the list, as they often do, with 13 adults attended plus several cygnets (only a couple of those cygnets are included in the rescue numbers). Next was everyone’s ‘favourite bird’… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, August was quieter at Wild Bird Rescues with a total of 26 sick or injured birds attended, plus several releases. This lower number was due in part to time I had off. Every now and then the pressure of rescuing gets on top of me and I need a break. Making oneself available… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, Things were brisk at Wild Bird Rescues during July with 43 rescues attended plus several releases. This was up considerably on June but equal to the usual annual monthly average. Again ‘our favourite bird’ did quite well with only 4 needing to be caught. Ibis have had a pretty good run lately. In… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, With 31 rescues attended in June it was a lot quieter than the previous month’s 52 rescues. I’m convinced the cold snap which showed up mid-month had much to do with this. During that whole week everything seemed to stop. The Gold Coast became the ‘Cold Coast’ causing everyone to add extra layers… [Read More]
Hi Everyone, May was busy at WBR with 52 rescues attended. Sadly it was our swans which took the brunt of the hurt with 12 needing help. The Gold Coast’s ‘favourite bird’ came a close second with 11 ibis getting themselves into trouble. Then there was all the beak-entangled darter … a total of 4… [Read More]
Hi Everyone Things were hopping again in April, and I don’t just mean the ibis … although there was plenty of that too. In total WBR attended 45 rescues; up considerably on the previous two months but consistent with the annual monthly average. Everyone’s attention during April was on the Commonwealth Games. It was an… [Read More]
Hi Everyone March was fairly quiet at WBR with only 31 rescues. I took a week off towards the end which partly accounts for the reduced numbers. During late March the BIG event on Gold Coaster’s minds was the Commonwealth Games. Preparations meant that road closures and diversions had to be avoided if one was… [Read More]
Hi Everyone After last month’s high rescue numbers (53) February was quiet with only 32 birds needing help. Great for the birds and of course it meant less pressure on me. The weather probably played a part in this because we experienced so many very hot, oppressive days and torrential rain, all par for the… [Read More]