Thursday, 29 August 2013

Dark Days for Badgers and a Good Day for a Buzzard.

The badger cull has begun and the free shooting of healthy badgers in the South West is happening now. Do look at all the information now freely available and make up your own minds. The scientists and conservationists are up in arms as it just makes no sense. Badgers are dying to prove a political point. Shame on you nfu and Owen Patterson I will never vote for you and yours. I'm sad, mad and no one seems to be is listening , they have their blinkers on, this cull will harm the farming community and the politicians.
Rant will never be over...................... 

A large this years female Buzzard was found downed by a farm gate. She was gathered up by the kind farming family and we met up to try and help this bird. She was x rayed by Mike Jones and found to have air under the skin on one thigh and shoulder. She had a bruise and had damaged her air sacs.
She settled in a small shed , was fed and left to rest. She had 5 days of medication and was soon fit and raring to go. I took her back  for release and here she is ready to go.
Nicola the land owner took this video on her phone , always the best bit of rehab !
My spirits have been lifted this week with the release of various birds of prey including this Little Owl. It was found in some nettles and was protesting loudly as a Sparrowhawk had it pinned to the ground. 
It recovered and was released this week along with 2 Kestrels, the Buzzard, a Tawny and a Sparrowhawk.


Tuesday, 13 August 2013


The 2 juv Sparrowhawks were ringed and released last week. Both birds were flying and eating well and looked spectacular in the sky at release. Adam and I just about to let go !

The juv House Martins had been flying and calling well at home so they were ringed and released into a big sky at Wheldrake. Its like Walt Disney when they go , swooping and eating up the sky, brings a tear to the eye. Good Luck to them and I hope they see Africa.
This x ray clearly shows shotgun pellets and the broken wing bones on a wild adult male Kerstrel. The lovely bird was found nr Garrowby and this incident is being investigated by Humberside Police. The bird was put to sleep as he would never be a flyer, shame on the shotgun holder.
Another juv Kestrel found down and thin. She's recovering slowly but is eating and peace and quiet should do the trick.
I was called to view a badger holed up in a shed near Kirbymoorside. This little sow had a horrendous maggoty fight wound to her rump. I swilled the wound as best I could the night I picked her up and was waiting on Battleflatts vets doorstep at 8am the next morning. Mike Jones took charge and we knocked her out to clean out the badger fight wound to her rump.
Mike flushed out plenty of the horrid white wrigglers and the wound looked big and meaty but clean and maggot free.

She was given antibiotics, ear drops for infection there and her wound was plastered with maggot cream. I brought her home and here she lays under the heat lamp recovering from the anaesthetic.
She's eaten up over night and is moving well and still loving the warmth of the heat lamp.
No sign of flesh eating maggots, so things are looking up for this pretty little badger.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Birds of Prey

Juv birds of prey have been sparse this year. I've only had 2 young Tawnies, both rta's and too badly injured to survive. No juv Barn Owls ...yet, I think the females were not in breeding condition after the long cold spring. This little Kestrel was found thin and covered in flat flies on the road at Millington Pasture. He was taken to Robert Fuller who passed him to me to rehab here. He's eating well and flying so just needs time.

This bird came in as a Sparrowhawk ! I don't think so. This female Kestrel was found downed in Hull ,been at a vets there for a day or two and came in very thin and covered in dusty soot.I washed her as soot is corrosive so hope she hasn't been preening too much. She was and is extremely hungry and tit bit feeds well. She's still confined to a box but has started to feed herself so will be in an aviary soon.

A young female Sparrowhawk was found in the back yard of a house in York, she was unable to fly. One wing was proud and I hoped it wasn't broken at the shoulder. Mark the vet at Battleflatts, Stamford Bridge x rayed her and all seems to be good. She ate well and is now flying well in an aviary so will soon be ready for off.
There are 10 young hedgehogs here all eating, growing and looking good. The littlest male is a real character and has been hand reared so comes to say hello.
The warm weather has brought out the butterflies, here's a fine Peacock resting in the garden today.