Sunday, 8 January 2017
Its been another busy year with 93 birds of prey looked after, 51 of which were successfully released back.They include, 28 Tawnies, 13 Barn Owls, Little Owls,long eared owl,short eared owl, 19 Kestrels,6 Sparrowhawks,16 Buzzard, Goshawk, Kite, Marsh Harrier and Peregrine. 5 were illegally shotgun shot, 3 were illegally fen trapped. Various other wildlife including 14 mute swans,6 badgers, 2 otter,a weasel,fox ,a Common Crane, Gt Crested Grebes,kingfisher,Manx Shearwater,herons,woodpeckers,common scoter,common gull, many hedghogs, pigeon and garden birds. A rich variety of wonderful British wildlife. Its been a good year for renewing and replacing the old aviaries. Portakabin arrived with volunteers to knock down and put up some new aviaries and made a wonderful job. They have housed swans, buzzards, Glaucous and Common Gull, ducks, geese and will be so very useful. Craig Ralston and a hard working team of volunteers arrived to knock down the old bird of prey aviaries, quite a task ! They soon had it done and 2 skip loads later the ground work was cleared ready for Charlie Heap to build new aviaries. Alan Hunt had kindly donated an original painting which was raffled and the money donated to build the aviaries. Charlie and his brother Ed worked hard and they are now up and in use. I'm so pleased with them.
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
Shot Birds of Prey This Buzzard was found at Westerdale on the North York Moors which is a National Park. The bird had barely left its nest and had been shotgun shot and caught in an illegal fenn / pole trap. It had to be put to sleep. Anyone who is aware of these illegally set traps left out in the open then please get in touch with me of PC Jez Wamlsley the Wildlife Crime Officer at Malton. Releasing some Goldfinches this week.
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
Here's Mrs Sparrowhawk making her daily visit to be fed. She was brought here 7 years ago as a juvenile from Scarboro after fracturing her wing. She faired well and was released here.She arrived back on top of an aviary within a week and I started feeding her. Such a privilege to see her nearly every day. She disappears during the breeding season and once her mate followed her in to feed. He was a small dark handsome male. Long may she reign. 2 juv Sparrowhawks came in from the RSPCA,they were lifted from a back garden where they were being kept illegally. Both were well , a brother and sister. I kept them separately as the bigger female can attack the smaller male. Both did well, were wild and were released in separate wooded areas. It was August so plenty of food about. A couple from the North East have very recently been found guilty of cruelty to amimals . Red the buzzard arrived here in 2014 in a very poor state. She was found in a coal bunker in Leeds. All her flight and tail feathers were broken , her wing butts and cere were raw and bleeding and she was very skinny and under weight. The West Yorkshire Police WCO lifted her and she took readily to the space and food in an aviary here. It took a year for her to regain her plumage and for her previous "owner" to come to court. Her eventual release was moving and will remain unforgettable. Sadly wildlife persecution is still rife here in Yorkshire so please report any concerns to police or me to pass on. I was asked to attend a badger dig near Whitby in October. This black terrier appeared from below ground at the sett and clearly showed the injuries a terrier faces. The diggers did a runner with 2 more terriers never to be seen again. The injured dog had surgery to its injured bottom jaw. She's out of it now thankgoodness. I attended another badger dig near Selby where blood was splattered about the dug area. Anyone out in the countryside who hears or see's men with terriers, spades etc do ring it in to the police with locations straight away, badges could be saved if you do. Take car numbers but take care. A young fluffy Barn Owl came in from NYM found on the side of the road. She gained weight and Robert Fuller kindly agreed to take her on. She was released into a barn owl nest box in his workshop roof space. She continued to eat well and fledged from this box. I ringed her before release and Rob and his family often see her at night patrolling his gallery. I've 2 kestrels ,a Tawny Owl, a Barn Owl,a Buzzard, 2 very late , nearly ready to go Mallards and the obligatory hedgehogs at this time of year. Roll on spring and just wish it wouldn't rain for a day or two !