Date: 02 April 2013
Woody back home amongst the native trees
Woody the NZ wood pigeon/kererū was returned home to the Tongariro National Trout Centre by Turangi bird rescue volunteer Carol Harwood, after nursing him back to health after a crash landing into a window down at the Trout Centre.
Drunk on miro berries Woody had not followed his ‘don’t drink and fly’ regulations. Kererū can stuff themselves so full of fermenting berries that they can literally fall out of their tree! If you ever find a kererū groggy on the ground, gently place them up somewhere high, safe out of the reach of dogs, cats and stoats until they can recover.
Woody was taken in by Carol two weeks ago dazed, confused and bruised. After gaining 110 g and passing a vet check with Sally Aitken, he was strong enough to be released. Woody started flapping in his box when he knew he was home, and flew up into his favourite native trees.
Carol Harwood sees Woody off
If you ever find an injured bird in the Turangi region, please give local bird rescuer Carol a call on +64 27 383 7017.
You can help prevent birds flying into windows by placing stickers on them or hanging objects. Special bird vision stickers can be purchased at www.projectkereru.org.nz/preventing-window-strike
Programme Manager Community Relations
Taupō-nui-ā-Tia Area Office
Ph: + 64 7 384 7163