For over 25 years Hessilhead has cared for Scotland's injured and orphaned wildlife, aiming to rescue, treat, rehabilitate and release birds and animals back to the wild



31st October 2014

We have had a mixed bag of patients this week. A young gannet blown ashore on Saturday was a good weight and as soon as the winds eased, we took it back to the coast for release.

A barn owl that came on Monday spent the the rest of the week at the Vets at Falkirk. A fractured humerus has been pinned. She is back at Hessilhead now, but has to return for pins to be removed in two weeks. Our other barn owl casualty, that had a dislocated hock, has moved out of the hospital so it can some exercise before release. A magpie that came in with hair tangled tightly round its feet is having trouble perching, but can tear up food. Its future isn’t certain yet. A buzzard is also causing concern. It came in on Wednesday, and despite conventional and homeopathic treatment, still cannot stand.

We have made several trips to Kilmarnock this week. The cygnets on the pond at Moorfield were deserted by their parents at the weekend, and shortly afterwards, two cygnets flew. The remaining 5 cygnets spent several days walking around the estate, apparently looking for food. This was a dangerous situation, as the road into the estate is busy with traffic all day long. As it didn’t seem like these cygnets would fly, we decided to remove them, and noticed straightaway that they were all seriously underweight.Tests show they are suffering from a coccidia infection; treatment will start on Monday, and hopefully they will soon start gaining weight.

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