A really busy day today, with 23 new patients admitted. Most upsetting was a great crested grebe, rescued from RSPB Lochwinnoch, with two treble hooks in its foot. Attached to the hooked was a lure and weights. We removed the tackle, gave antibitics and painkillers, and released the bird on the reserve later in the day. Hopefully it is back with its mate now.
The first call of the day reported a baby tawny owl found on a woodland path in Falkirk. It was found next to a dead sibling, and was dehydrated and weak on arrival at Hessilhead. Later another tawny owl chick, just a bit older, was brought in from Holytown. the two youngsters were soon snuggled up together.
Other arrivals included a mallard with 12 ducklings, rescued from a busy street in Greenock, a common lizard and naked 3 day old house sparrow chick.