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Bird Help Please

This afternoon walking near the house there was a bird lying in the road that appeared to have been hit by a car. It wasn't moving. As I approached it fluttered to the pavement - it seemed to be a small sparrowhawk or perhaps a merlin, possibly the same one that I saw the other day. It seemed to have broken or dislocated a wing, which was at an odd angle.

I suppose I should have walked by on the other side but being a muggins I dropped my hat over it and now it is in a box in the utility room with a make do perch and a couple of bits of sausage.

The question is what should I (what can I) do? Any ideas?

Help help!


Posted at 17th Mar 2019 - 05:55PM   Posted by Fennie   Bird Help Please Comments: 8

Fennie's Avatar I have since phoned the Hawk Conservancy who tell me to take him to the Vet in the morning (or a wildlife refuge).

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Mar 2019 at 06:10PM

Faith's Avatar If there is a wildlife refuge or similar near you then that would be better than the vets. Please put water in the box too - in something that can't be knocked over. Although I don't like sparrowhawks, I would've done the same as you.

Posted by: Faith on 17th Mar 2019 at 07:40PM

Fennie's Avatar Thank you, Faith. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Mar 2019 at 07:56PM

Fennie's Avatar I would have put water in but the Hawk Conservancy man said hawks don't drink much water and there was no need or only to put a very littleBlink

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Mar 2019 at 08:05PM

Fennie's Avatar Well the sparrowhawk is quiet in his box - funny birds hawks - they become quite tame when they are not bating furiously. His useless wing is spread out but he looks contented enough, as though he is on a nest. I say he because he is quite small and females are larger. But you never know. I might have an egg in the morning which would cause even more complications. If only I had a way of putting a splint on his wing. In the Enid Blyton books members of the secret five or famous seven are always tying splints around birds wings and they recover and fly off into the woods before breakfast. But I am not sure if I would know where to start. Can you get a hawk to talk? I think not, though they can imitate cats, I believe. I shall try to give him some water or Faith will be after me. But I don't want him to bate when he's nicely settled down. Thanks for helping, Faith. I wish he could have been a Pigeon or a Jackdaw but Samaritans can't be choosers. I want a bird that will sit on my shoulder and come when I whistle and remind me that it's lunchtime. But that I suppose would be asking too much. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 17th Mar 2019 at 10:33PM

Faith's Avatar I don't know anything about hawks, but all living things need water don't they? And as the bird can't hunt it won't be getting any moisture (blood) from food.

You didnt say if there was any wild life aid place to take it to? I doubt the vets will be pleased if you walk in with a hawk though they might know somewhere you could take it. If it's wing is not sorted out or set soon then it will never be able to fly.

Posted by: Faith on 18th Mar 2019 at 07:24AM

Camilla's Avatar Fennie have posted a message for you on your Sparry News Post.

Posted by: Camilla on 18th Mar 2019 at 10:33AM

Camilla's Avatar Well done Fennie for rescuing the bird, I fear that if the bird had been left in the road the poor thing would be run over never to be no more.

Posted by: Camilla on 18th Mar 2019 at 12:51PM

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