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Sparry - news

Well this morning Sparry looks a lot better. He didn't bate when I removed the cover from his box and instead just looked at me quizzically, but in quite a friendly way.

He was sitting on the hammer I had given him as a perch and wonder of wonders his drooping and broken wing seemed to be back in place on his shoulder. A veritable miracle if ever I saw one.

Two of the pieces of cooked chippolata sausage seem to have disappeared leaving red stains on the box floor. Hopefully this is the remains of the sausage and not something come out of his other end that might indicate haemorrhaging. But the stain seems too pink for blood.

I did give him water on a soaked piece of kitchen towel. I think he will bate if I try to put a dish into the box.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if he recovered and flew away (but not of course for his victims). I suppose I could train him to fly to a lure and land on my glove with leather jesses on his legs with bells on.

But his wing! - 'imp out this country's drooping wing' says someone in Richard II - just as applicable today one feels. Of course if Sparry tried to flap it it might just come apart again. But birds can recover remarkably quickly. Just don't tell my sparrows.

When he's better I'll try to take a picture. I'm still not quite sure he is a sparrowhawk. He seems rather small and has grey eyes rather than orange and quite drab and brown but with very long legs. I looked for a stock image but all the hawks look much the same and come in a whole raft of colourways. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 18th Mar 2019 - 08:27AM   Posted by Fennie   Sparry - news Comments: 8

Camilla's Avatar I have just looked on the RSPCA website Fennie what to do with injured wild animals. I think your nearest Wildlife centre is in Taunton in Somerset. If you find an injured wild animal watch it first to see how badly hurt it is. Then if possible take it to a nearby vet or wildlife rehabilitator (call first to make sure they can take and treat the animal. It's often faster to take the animal to a vet yourself as your nearest RSPCA OFFICER May be out of the area attending other calls. If you are unable to transport the animal call 0300 1234 999. But then it reads too DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HANDLE OR TRANSPORT an injured deer, seal wild boar, otter, badger, fox, snake, or bird of prey (including owls) swan, goose, heron, or gull, keep a safe distance and call 0300 1234 999. If the bird is a Sparrow Hawk Fennie then obviously it is a bird of prey. If it was me I would waste no time in ringing the number. Please let us know how you get on Fennie.

Posted by: Camilla on 18th Mar 2019 at 10:06AM

Camilla's Avatar rspca

Posted by: Camilla on 18th Mar 2019 at 10:08AM

Camilla's Avatar Click on the pink link above Fennie I have put for you it will lead you to the page I have just mentioned.

Posted by: Camilla on 18th Mar 2019 at 10:09AM

Faith's Avatar Isnt Taunton miles away from Fennie?

Fennie, I have had pigeons that have strained their wings somehow and been unable to fly. It can take three weeks to heal. But if it is broken I suppose it needs setting.

Let us know how it goes.

Posted by: Faith on 18th Mar 2019 at 02:40PM

Fennie's Avatar Yes Taunton is quite a way - couple of hours I'd say point to point.

Faith, yesterday the wing was useless and dragging today at least it looks like a proper wing but I am not encouraging him to fly at the moment.

Posted by: Fennie on 18th Mar 2019 at 03:21PM

Faith's Avatar But what are you going to do with him? Is there a wild life aid near you? or will you go to the vets?

Posted by: Faith on 18th Mar 2019 at 04:28PM

Fennie's Avatar Faith, please see the post above. Tales of Sparry Heights are continued above. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 18th Mar 2019 at 08:38PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Fennie he should really be fed whole mice, or day old chicks - his gut won't be able to process processed food. He really needs to go to a Wildlife Centre where he can get specialised help. Agree with Camilla.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 19th Mar 2019 at 09:40AM

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