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



November 2nd 2013

A mixed week weather and patient wise. We were pleased to get the hen harrier back from the vet. Her wing has been pinned and bandaged, and although she seems to feel fine, she still isn’t feeding herself. Strangely she is keen to take bits of food that offered to her, so feeding her isn’t a problem, and we hope that she will soon put on the weight she lost.

It took us 24 hours to find a sparrowhawk that got tangled in fishing line. He was spotted by a lady who was walking her dog, hanging from a tree close to the river beside the cycle path near Johnstone. The lady removed some line and left the bird on the ground. It was almost dark when our rescue team arrived, and although we searched quite a big area, we couldn’t find the bird. Next day the same lady spotted the bird again, this time tangled up in a patch of reeds. We freed the bird, untangled line and long grass that was tightly wrapped round its flight feathers, and removed a hook from its wing. Today the feathers look much better than I expected, so hopefully it will be back in the wild soon.
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Three swans, collision or bullying victims have come into care this week. All eating well but with sore droopy wings. A few hedgehogs have since the weather got colder, one of them from Stewarton, a real little titch at 200gm. A new guillemot is underweight, song thrushes doing well eating berries, and we have also taken in a new eagle owl. Hopefully this will be company for the one that we rescued a few weeks ago.

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