An upsetting thing happened today. A man arrived at the hospital, looking sheepish, with a nest full of house martin chicks. Three of the chicks were dead, one alive. All were fat, well fed. The man had hosed the nest down from under the eaves of his house, believing it to be a wasp nest. That is difficult to believe. Adult house martins feeding 4 chicks would be swooping up to the nest regularly. It would be difficult to miss them. What this man did was illegal. It was sad to witness the result.
A few weeks ago a coot chick, only a day or two old, was brought to Hessilhead. His feet seemed far too big for his body. The coot spent two weeks in the hospital, sharing a cage with an oystercatcher chick. Then the coot started to bully his cage mate, and the two had to be separated. Coot has moved outside now. He is growing remarkably well, though he still looks odd!