Customers at a Batemans Bay hardware store were treated to a unique wildlife sighting last week when a bird of prey decided to call the warehouse roof home for several days.
The native bird, believed to be a goshawk, found a home in the steel beams of Bunnings Batemans Bay, creating quite the spectacle for passersby.
Customer Stephen Hannan, who was visiting the Bay from Sydney, said he got quite the surprise when he came across the bird during a visit to the store last Thursday.
“It’s one thing for a pigeon to fly through, but a bird like that…,” Mr Hannan told the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner.
“There was so much attention on this bird. I was amazed at the attention.
“What was great was, whatever people were in Bunnings for, whatever they were there to do, didn’t seem to matter.
“It was satisfying just to see people in Bunnings walking around and a bird flies around and everyone stops to talk to one another.
“There was something about it which seemed special; people running around with different levels of concern.”
After hearing the bird had been in the store for up to a week, Mr Hannan decided to get in touch with WIRES.
“I thought to myself, it’s not going to get out of here anytime soon,” he said.
“It seemed to a find a little bit of a spot for sanctuary, but every time someone got under it, it would fly away. It didn’t like someone in that position.
“It barely flapped a wing. It just glided along all the steel support beams.”
WIRES Mid South Coast spokesperson, Sandy Collins, said volunteers attempted to rescue the bird on Thursday by setting up a trap with live mice.
However, the awaiting meal wasn’t enough to coax the stray goshawk into the trap and it instead decided to make its own way out of the building.
Mrs Collins said this was the best outcome for the bird, although volunteers hoped to catch the bird so it could be checked over before being released back into the wild.
It is believed the bird may have been trying to catch a pigeon when it became startled and flew into the store through a door.
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