wild bird care

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Mob’s mum told him to just let nature take its course because birds will abandon any baby touched by a human, but luckily, he discovered a loophole.

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This young dove was brought into us after being found on the ground with no nest visible. Its feet had curled up on themselves and it could not stand up.
Emma, our vet, examined it and found the young bird to have a calcium deficiency. Luckily, this is easily treatable and, after being put on a course of supplements, the birds feet were bandaged in the correct position to help keep the toes and feet aligned.
The little boots have proved quite popular!

one of my neighbours showed up at my door a while ago with this little guy… they took him from his home which is a good 20 minute drive from our neighbourhood because they couldn’t find his nest.

he’s a fledgling finch and he shouldn’t have been taken away from his home and now he’s crying and chirping at me and I feel so sad… I tried to feed him some mealworms but he wouldn’t take them. I don’t know what’s going to happen to him. 

I can’t ring the DSPCA until tomorrow, my dad thinks we should drive out to the neighbourhood he was found in and just leave him out there as close as we can get him to where he was found… does anyone here have any experience with wild fledglings that could give me advice?

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Our baby blackbirds have been doing a lot of growing recently!

Having arrived as tiny, eyes-closed youngsters it’s amazing to see how much they have changed in such a short time! they are still in our intensive care unit receiving regular feeds from our 350+ volunteers, but it won’t be too long now before they are moved into one of our outdoor aviaries to complete their journey to adulthood!

Life moves very quickly when you’re a baby bird :)

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This jackdaw was brought in to the centre recently after being found grounded and unable to fly.
It was rushed in to see our vet, Angela, but amazingly seemed to be uninjured. It was given a precautionary dose of painkillers and antibiotics before being moved into one of our pens for some rest.
Several days later it is now doing very well! It is much more lively and, although we are still keeping an eye on it, we have high hopes it will be free again soon!
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Eye injury owl update!
The tawny owl brought into us recently with a badly damaged eye is healing well. It has recently been moved into one of our secluded raptor pens for a bit more room and is flying perfectly!
We have been monitoring it with our CCTV cameras to ensure it can feed and hunt as normal, and once it has fully healed it will be back to the wild!

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A common dove tale…

This youngster is suffering from calcium deficiency. These birds are often mistaken for birds that have “fallen from their nests”. This species suffer from it very commonly at this time of year. They are originally native to India, where breeding all year round is not an issue for them! They were not an introduced species, but have gradually spread across Europe by themselves!

Sadly there are not enough hours of sunlight in the UK to metabolise the calcium and Vitamin D properly. So they get calcium deficiency at this time of year, which is seen when they try to leave the nest and fledge.

You can always spot them by the fact they crouch close to the ground rather than standing tall, as their legs are weak. They have bendy soft beaks and tail feathers that are full length but still “in pin” (the sheath still attached). They often pant or breathe rapidly, as their hearts are not functioning properly due to the lack of calcium.

Untreated, the prognosis is poor for these birds, as they cannot fly and will weakly sit on the ground until predators get them. Here at the hospital they are given a calcium supplement, and the majority make a full recovery.

Spread the word - if you see young doves looking like this - get them to a wildlife rescue centre quickly!
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It’s a week of releases here at wildlife aid!
Our injured swifts have been with one of our dedicated carers for some time now and recently it was time for one of our number to be cleared for release.
It was taken out to our release site where it was set free to be wild once again!
Good luck little swift!

anonymous asked:

I'm studying a degree in biology and zoology at the moment, and i'm not 100% on what i want to do, except probably stay to do masters and a phd, but i'm wondering how i can get animal handling experience? i've looked into my local zoos and all the volunteering is just tour guides or info, no creature touching.

Hello anon! Ah yes, the age-old question of “But how do I get experience if all the jobs require previous experience????”

Unfortunately, I am also struggling with this exact problem at the moment - trying to get animal handling experience when nobody seems to know exactly what it means. However, since I am slightly further along in the process than you (being at the already-graduated-and-getting-desperate stage as opposed to the blissfully-still-in-school stage) I will share with you what I have done/thinking of doing. It is important to note though that this is ENTIRELY my own opinion, none of these things are something I’ve been told is legitimate experience. It is just my interpretation.

  1. Wildlife rehab: I’m volunteering in wild bird care at the moment, and the amount I have learned in just two months about basic handling and nutrition and veterinary procedures for birds in general is crazy. If this doesn’t count as animal handling experience, I don’t know what does. 
  2. Veterinary clinics: I personally don’t have the guts to do this, but volunteering with a vet would also get you animal care/handling experience. I am a huge infant about injured/dying animals though so I haven’t applied.
  3. SPCA/Animal shelter: From what I’ve read, the SPCA requires a minimum of like a year commitment before they accept volunteers, but this would also be a good place to volunteer for experience.
  4. Bird banding/count stations: Unless you really dislike birds for some weird unacceptable reason, look for spring/fall migration banding stations because they are all over the place, always need volunteers, and will give you hella relevant experience in catching birds, measuring/weighing birds, IDing birds, etc. 
  5. After this point my ideas start becoming less and less viable, like maybe helping out with a volunteer conservation project in the tropics or something????
  6. Pet stores???????

Again, these are just my personal suggestions, which I hope will one day get me employed somewhere in something I don’t hate. Keep on truckin’, anon.