Council urges caution after second endangered bird killed in weeks
ELECTRONIC signs urging road users to slow down through the habitat of endangered bush stone-curlews had just been installed at Salt Village.
The signs, and recent pleas from Tweed Shire Council for road users to take care around the birds’ nesting areas, didn’t stop two of them being killed by cars within weeks.
On Saturday, a male bush stone-curlew, part of a pair with a chick, was stuck by a car, despite residents’ efforts to protect them when they cross Casuarina Way at Salt Village.
Salt resident Michelle Phillips said road users should be extra cautious to protect the remaining mother and chick, as they cross the road at dawn and dusk each day.
Ms Phillips said it was “very upsetting” to see the male killed, just two weeks after another of its kind was killed at Tweed Hospital.
“The male bird would raise his wings and make quite a commotion to get the attention of road users, but the mother doesn’t do that and the chick is so little that drivers might not even notice it,” Ms Phillips said.
“We need people to be aware that the birds cross the road each morning at dawn to feed and return at dusk and we need them to understand that these birds are endangered.
“We got to know these Curlews when we were building here nine years ago and we have come to love these wonderful birds.”
Tweed Shire Council program leader Pam Gray said the incidents were disappointing.
“Permanent signs will be installed this week and we really need road users to heed the warning and slow down along that section of road,” Ms Gray said.
Ms Gray said the Tweed had just a few bush stone-curlew breeding pairs.
She said it was important to take all measures to protect them from threats such as vehicles and domestic pets.