Wild Birds

We take in sick, injured and abandoned birds as well as chicks, our aim to always release them back into the wild once they have fully recovered, we only euthanise only when it is in the birds best interest.

June 09- Duckling Rescue

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4 June  -These guys were found abandoned and all on their own. Their mother went missing for several days. Fortunately they are eating on their own and are able to snuggle up to each other for warmth. We are keeping our distance as much as possible, so that we can release them back into the wild when they are fully grown.  Today they had a great day out in the sunshine.

 

 

 

 

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13 June – The chicks are growing fast and have been moved to a larger pen during the day, at night we bring them indoors for their safety.

 

 

 

 

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16 July, the ducks are finally released back into the wild.

  

 

Collared Doves

These two doves were released together in early July. One came to us as a chick which was hand reared, the other had a broken leg, which was repaired prior to release.

Baby Birds


The baby birds are coming in thick and fast and we’d just begun to forget how time consuming the whole process is over the winter months. Our first babies came in February and since then it hasn’t really stopped. People often ask how we find the time – sometimes we don’t have time and quite often the baby animals have to come with us in whatever we are doing, be it work, a rare day out or even a sneaky trip on the tram. The difficulty is that baby animals so easily become imprinted and it is very difficult to break that bond particularly when we have hand reared a bird that initially had its eyes closed when it came to us as the first thing they see is us. Here is some advice to help us and to help birds:

Most baby birds come to us through being brought in by the cat! We have 7 cats at the moment but it is extremely rare that they bring us any offerings. Put bells on your cats or bleepers. Keep your cats in at night – we lock all ours in the house from dusk til dawn. This would be their main hunting time and so locking them in means they don’t go out on the prowl.

If you see a baby bird in your garden that is completely feathered then leave it alone and watch it. Don’t pick it up unless it is in real danger. Its mother will probably be around feeding it and teaching it. If it is in real danger then put it up high in a sheltered spot. It will probably call out to its mother and she will easily find it again. In the past we have had an instance of a whole nest falling out of a tree with blackbirds in it, the nest was moved to a safer place within the same garden and the parents were still able to find it and carry on nurturing their young.

If you do have to rescue a baby bird e.g. a bird with barely any feathers then keep it warm next to a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel – don’t try to feed it. It is easy for well meaning people to drown a baby bird by pushing all sorts down its throat and pouring water down its beak, these can easily go down the wrong hole and kill it.

If a bird has fallen out of its nest try to find out where the nest is and pop it back. Sometimes this is a difficult one to judge as we are often presented with baby birds that have been thrown out of the nest by their mother due to a deformity or health issue that the mother has decided isn’t worth her while carrying on raising it. Nature is cruel.

Pigeons 22 March 2008

This pigeon landed in someone’s garden and refused to leave, hopefully after a rest and plenty of food he’ll be released back into the wild.

Pigeon 12 March 2008

This guy came to us with a ruptured crop. the crop is like a first stomach for a seed eating bird, it is at the front in the breast are just below the neck. This condition can be caused by a pigeon overeating and causing strain on the crop. if not treated straight away, the bird will die of starvation.
After a 30 minute operation at our local vets to clean and stick his crop back together, this lucky boy came around. He is now recuperating, we hope to release him again in a couple of weeks.

 

The Ducks

These ducks came to us in a state, we de wormed them and fed them well until they could be rehomed. They now live at a house where they have their own moat.

‘Marge’ the duck

Hydrotherapy, in our bathfollowing treatment for damage to her leg. She spent two weeks in our house recovering, this included a evening session splashing aroundin our bath!

Chippy

Poor old chippy was brought to us in a poor old state. The owner of as kebab shop had thrown chip fat over him. As you can see he was all clean and bright eyed and bushy tailed, well feathered before we released him back into the wild

Before all cover in chip fat                                                                                                                           Now cleaned up ready for release

Before release