The proximity of natural areas to buildings and infrastructure means that sometimes our wildlife turn up in places where they shouldn’t be.The Brown Goshawk is a large bird of prey with a wingspan of 70cm to 1m, most often seen in Newington Nature Reserve forest. So it was surprising when a goshawk was spotted sitting on the rafters in Building 46, Newington Armory, by Education Officers and a group of students.
The raptor attempted to fly out through windows at either end of the building every so often. Unfortunately staff could not open the windows to let the bird escape. When the school left, Education officers turned the lights off and left the doors open in a bid to encourage the bird to leave, to no avail. The goshawk stayed up high and eventually hit a window and knocked itself out. The quick-thinking officers covered the bird and placed it in a big tub, to be taken to the vet. After an hour or so, the goshawk was sitting up and alert, so the officers released it and it flew off in the direction of Newington Nature Reserve forest.
Window strike by birds is not unusual. If you see a concussed bird on the ground please alert Park Rangers or Sydney Olympic Park Authority staff immediately so the bird can be taken into care. You can assist by placing the bird in a large container with adequate ventilation and keep it in a dark and quiet place.