baby birds of prey

Need something to get you through Monday? Here’s a pic of an adorable clutch of baby peregrine falcons on banding day at Cabrillo National Monument in California. At birth, peregrine chicks weigh about 1.5 ounces, but they grow quickly – they can double their weight in just six days. They reach nearly full size after only seven weeks. Cool fact about peregrine falcons: They are among the fastest birds, flying at up to 55 mph and diving at more than 200 mph when striking avian prey in mid-air. Photo by National Park Service.

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I have not posted much here on Tumblr lately, but here is a quick update that I am ecstatic about!

Firstly, I am raising a baby male Augur Buzzard for our show. He is SO relaxed and growing so fast! This is my first time raising one.

Secondly, I happened upon a baby Great Horned Owl. A lady and her husband found the bird and decided they wanted to try to raise and release him (which is not only illegal, but a TERRIBLE idea for the bird’s sake). They had him for a week and fed him nothing but raw beef, which a baby owl should not be eating. I have decided to take him on as my new falconry bird. Hunting with owls is not done with much success, but I know for a fact it can be done. We will see how it goes! :) 

*NOTE* At this age, they have zero interest in each other and have no problem being near each other. That will change very soon though!

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Tawny owl update!

It’s been a little while since we took a look at our young tawny owls and they have grown a lot!

In a matter of weeks, they have gone from the tiny, fluffy chicks they arrived as into very adult looking birds and it won’t be long now until they can be released back into the wild!

Stay tuned for updates…

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Orphan season has well and truly arrived and more patients are arriving every day!

With so many new arrivals, we are quickly running out of some much-needed supplies. Our Amazon Wishlist is constantly being updated and if anyone wants to help our new arrivals out we are in urgent need of the following:
- Cimicat milk to feed baby bunnies
- Thin paintbrushes to feed orphaned birds
- Teats (both regular and miracle nipples)
- Biolapis and Promodulate
- Colostrum for particularly new babies
- Rehydration support for sick patients

Our Wishlist can be found at the link below. If you can help out with anything then we (both people and patients!) will be extremely grateful!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/3MQX8VLJAMUXN

Thank you :)

Fledgling dove! Saw the mama sitting in the middle of the road with it, so stopped to check on them. Baby was fine (no visible wounds, wings flapped easily, clear eyes, nice and plump, gripped with both feet) so I moved it out of the road and under a bush. Heard it calling for mom as I left, she’ll be back soon.

Annual reminder that any birds you find like this, I.e. feathered and on the ground with a parent nearby, is a fledgling. The process is dangerous, but they’re learning how to be birds. Doves look especially helpless during fledging, but they need to be left alone. If a bird isn’t in immediate danger (near a predator, in a road or other dangerous area, injured, badly underweight, or in any sort of contact with a cat) the best thing you can do is not touch it. I took the opportunity for a cute photo, but only while in the process of moving this bird about 10 feet to get it out of the road.

A naked, helpless baby bird should be put back in the nest, or kept indoors very temporarily until a new nest (any sort of basket, including plastic strawberry ones, lined with grass or shredded paper) can be made and put in a tree near where it was found. Easter baskets are good as they have handles.The parents should find it easily enough. 

An emaciated, unresponsive, injured, or cloudy-eyed bird, or any bird that a cat may have scratched, bitten, licked, or mouthed at all should be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator for treatment. Signs of injury include bleeding (beyond minor cuts), legs or wings that don’t work, and large, visible bruises along the featherless underside. Not having feathers under the wings is absolutely normal on fledgelings, as is looking scruffy and being unable to fly. 

And, again, if a cat has scratched a bird, even just slightly, or touched the bird with its mouth at all, or if you think it may have mouthed the bird, the bird needs to be taken to a wildlife rehabilitator for antibiotic treatment or it has a high chance of dying of sepsis. Cats have gram-negative bacteria on their saliva that is meant to kill prey animals like birds, and baby birds in particular have extremely thin skin. The bacteria can be dangerous even through intact skin. 

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This young kestrel is the second patient to arrive at WAF from our recent ‘trade’ with South Essex Wildlife Hospital. It had been well cared for and, other than being young, it was completely uninjured!
It was moved straight into one of our pens, where it is now flying very well. As soon as it is old enough it will be released back to the wild!

Do you have 10 seconds to help us save more wildlife? bit.ly/helpwaf

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[part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4]

Final part of my fake Pokémon designs, respectively:

Scrive, Swidget
Bedbogu
Kabutana
Cucovo, Rockatrice
Elekoala

Scrive
is a screwdrive who usually dangles on the keychains of either hard working people, or very shady individuals, with Swidget being its swiss knife evolution. Swidget has two “orientations” as seen above, constantly changing between them as it floats due to magnetism, which also connects its parts together. Bedbogu is a pupa bug that never lets go of its sharp branch, which they can use as a sword. Kabutana is its evolution, a samurai bug with swords for arms and legs. Cucovo is a small dragon creature that disguises itself as an egg with its mineral skin and long hay-like tail to prey on baby birds, with Rockatrice as its evolution. Elekoala is an energetic trouble-making electric koala.