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Seasonal Animal Advice

Read about some of the seasonal behaviour of native animals

Swooping Magpies

Thursday, July 01, 2021



 Australian magpies breed as a pair, maintaining their territory throughout the year and are supported by a family group consisting of juveniles raised from previous years. Adults can form long-lasting pair bonds and maintain the same territory for many years.

They lay their eggs mostly between August and December and during breeding season males are known to sometimes actively defend their territory against real or perceived threats to their eggs. This behaviour is short term and only lasts until the chicks become fledglings.

Magpies have excellent memories and are believed to be able to distinguish between people and so can identify unknown individuals whom they perceive as intruders. When they recognise someone as a permanent resident of their territory, such as in backyards, they are often more tolerant.

When defending their nest a magpie will begin with a warning to the intruder that they are coming too close to their nest by firstly carolling, then clapping their beak and swooping. If the intruder doesn’t retreat, magpies may swoop even closer and eventually make contact if they feel the nest is under immediate threat.  read more

Snake Advice

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

WIRES receives hundreds of calls from people concerned because they see a snake on their property. As the weather warms up there may be more frequent sightings of reptiles.  read more

Heat Stressed Wildlife

Thursday, February 09, 2017
When we experience extremely high temperatures for several days it may be weather that our wildlife is not used to. This means they may not be able to cope with the conditions.  read more

Sydney Weather brings animals into care

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Strong winds and heavy rain can put wildlife under extreme stress.

How you can help:

After the storm has passed and it is safe to do so please check under trees for fallen chicks, nests or injured birds. There have also been many flying-foxes entangled in backyard fruit tree netting, made worse this year by the severe natural food shortages up and down the east coast of Australia. If you see an injured young or adult flying-fox please do not touch, call WIRES immediately for assistance 1300 094 737.
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Wildlife help during times of high winds and wild weather

Monday, June 06, 2016

The wild weather and winds across NSW today can bring down trees and nests and separate young and vulnerable chicks and joeys from their parents.
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Helping wildlife during heatwaves and bushfires

Thursday, November 19, 2015

While most native animals are well adapted to changes in climatic conditions they can still suffer during heatwaves.  Animals can cope with extremes in temperatures they are used to, but if these extremes are unusual for a particular area the animals there will struggle.  read more

Snakes are shy and reclusive

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Snake moving through yard  read more

Winter and extreme weather advice to help wildlife

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Kookaburra in snow ©Gavin Columbu read more

Helping wildlife after severe storm events

Monday, April 20, 2015

Strong winds and heavy rain can put wildlife under extreme stress. read more

Strong winds impacting wildlife

Friday, March 20, 2015

The wild weather and winds across NSW today could not have come at a worse time for wildlife. read more


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