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

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CARING FOR SCOTLAND'S SICK, INJURED AND ORPHANED WILDLIFE

Archives for Anas platyrhynchos

July 30th 2013

DSC_7955_resampledAnother couple of busy days has brought in 27 new patients, but 54 gulls were released yesterday. That cuts down the work and the feeding costs quite a lot. New patients include a heron from Glasgow Green that had a treble hook down its throat. A trip to the vet was needed to remove the hook. There is a new tufted duckling and 2 more mallard ducklings, a bat and a rabbit, both caught by cats, and several small birds, some cat victims, some found at roadsides. Another fox cub was brought to the hospital this morning. It is also a road casualty, badly concussed. A well grown cygnet was brought in from Rouken Glen Park, it has a leg problem, and sadly, a young roe deer, found on the roundabout at Morrison’s, Stevenston, did not survive. Hedgehogs continue to be high on the list of admissions.

There is good news about Georgie, the common seal pup that came from Northumberland last week. He has learnt to feed himself, and is happily chomping his way through 3 or 4 sardines are every meal.

July 20th

When the hospital begins to fill with swallows and house martins, we think that the end of the hand rearing season is in sight. This doesn’t seem to be the case this year. We have plenty of swallows and house martins, and 5 swifts too, but nestling dunnocks and robins and still coming into care. There are lots of young blackbirds, a pied wagtail, and two very small cygnets.

We have some late mallard ducklings too. A clutch of 5 was rescued from a drain near Biggar during the week. Lucky that someone spotted them falling down. We have older mallards living outside, and 80 or so have already been released. The little tufted ducklings are growing well. They will soon be diving in their pool.

Yesterday 2 swans were rescued from the grounds of an abbatoir. You would think that if there is one place that wildlife would stay away from, it would be a slaughterhouse. But these swans had been there for a week. They had been walked out of the gate, and returned, again and again. We will relocate them to Irvine Harbour.

Today we tried to catch a cygnet from the pond at Robertson Park, Renfrew. It has netting tangled in its beak, probably hooked over the back of its tongue. Today the cygnet kept well clear of us, but we will try again tomorrow morning.