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



Friday 30th August

Things are certainly starting to get quieter at Hessilhead, but we still have plenty to occupy ourselves. We have only had around 50 patients this week, Mostly young feral pigeons and wood pigeons and a selection of garden birds. One Blackbird has had a rough time of it, first the youngster flew into a window, causing slight concussion, enough for a cat to get hold of it and give a nasty bite to its leg. on arrival the birds eyes were closed and swollen and it didn’t look good. 3 days later after some anti-inflammatory and antibiotic treatment he is now eating well in a cage.Other cat victims include a rabbit, who is also doing well and a Blackcap, which came this afternoon, so fingers crossed for her. Today we released a family of 5 wrens and the young female Sparrowhawk which has flown into a window last weekend. the young female Barn owl moved to an outside flight on Thursday and is enjoying the extra space. The buzzard with a fractured ulna was also moved to a flight now that the fracture has set and he is eating well. We are getting fewer baby birds ┬áin now, but a tiny house martin nestling came in today, so we will still be doing half hourly feeds for a while yet.

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