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Sparry is still up and about this morning, fixing me with gimlet eyes as though I am the one responsible for all his woes. His feathers look even more in aid of a good groom: he has a wonky tail as well as a wonky wing. But he is eating a little and pooping - is that good or bad? He is calmer now but the longer he lives the more the difficulties will mount in the future unless I can find a refuge for him. Meanwhile my own back is still twisted and painful and I am virtually immobile. So we are a couple of crocks, the bird and me.

Has anyone read 'The Goshawk' by TH White - a wonderful book about training a Goshawk using a medieval manual. At one point he stays awake for about 36 hours reciting Shakespeare to the Goshawk until the bird falls asleep on his arm. One for Lampie perhaps though it must be 50 years since I read it.

In the utility room, where Sparry is, I have both a hawk and a handsaw and the wind isn't even southerly - in fact there's hardly any today at all.

Have a good day people. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted at 19th Mar 2019 - 09:20AM   Posted by Fennie   Sparry Post Comments: 20

Westerwitch's Avatar You could phone your local vet Fennie they may know of a Wildlife Centre that could take Sparry on.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 19th Mar 2019 at 09:35AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar His wing may look better Fennie but it may not be and he could still need attention please take him to your local Vet who will pass him on to the RSPCA or wildlife centre.
That's the standard practise for an injured wild animal.

YOU do not need to take him all the way to a wildlife centre yourself the Vet or the RSPCA will do that.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 19th Mar 2019 at 10:26AM

Camilla's Avatar You are wonderful Fennie for rescuing the poorly Hawk, but please please Fennie ring the RSPCA wildlife number I gave you today they wil come out and collect the Hawk. As WW says the Hawk really does need a diet of mice and such like his tummy won't be able to digest properly any diet. Once the wildlife people have taken the Hawk you can always ask them for an update on how bird is as I should think you have become quite attached to the Hawk . Also the Hawk may be in some considerable pain with his wing even if he does not appear to be. Let us know today if you can please Fennie.

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Mar 2019 at 10:41AM

Fennie's Avatar The problem for the moment is that I am injured and can't walk let alone drive to the vet. J doesn't drive. I have rung the people in Cardiff but they haven't returned my call or email and I suspect wouldn't be willing to come here.

But thanks for your help and advice. My neighbour will be taking her partner to the hospital today so she isn't likely to help - not an animal person anyway apart from cats. I could possibly ask YD who might come here after work. Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Mar 2019 at 10:52AM

Camilla's Avatar The number is 0300 1234 999 for wildlife RSPCA Fennie

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Mar 2019 at 10:57AM

Camilla's Avatar So sorry to hear about your poorly shoulder Fennie you will need to rest it so does not get worse.

Fennie if you ring the RSPCA it is a number that will put you through to the correct dept have you left them a message in answer phone if no one actually spoke to you?

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Mar 2019 at 11:02AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar In that case phone the RSPCA someone will come and take it to a vet for you... they are busy people but someone will come.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 19th Mar 2019 at 11:20AM

Fennie's Avatar Thanks FN.

They'll just put him down of course. So sad. But nothing you can do for a hawk with a broken wing outside Enid Blyton stories. I've asked YD to come over after work and take him to the Cardiff centre. SadSad

Camilla, if it was my shoulder that would not be a problem - I could still walk/drive it's the muscles that support the spine against the pelvis. I cannot straighten up. SadSad

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Mar 2019 at 11:31AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Not necessarily Fennie they won't put him down unless the wing is beyond repair, birds of prey are all protected species.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 19th Mar 2019 at 11:48AM

Fennie's Avatar Of course the wing can be mended but whether it can ever be mended so that the bird can fly well enough to catch prey is doubtful. That's the advice from the Hawk Conservation people whom first I telephoned. It's a pity really that the car that he flew into didn't kill him outright. Certainly he looked dead lying there in the road until I came up to check.

I've been watching videos on wing mending and all the birds seem remarkably docile (no hawks among them). At least it suggests that there are perhaps fewer pain receptors in a birds wing than in a person's arm.

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Mar 2019 at 12:09PM

Camilla's Avatar As FN mentioned above Fennie, the RSPCA won't put the Hawk down unless the wing is beyond repair birds of prey are all protected species. I think the Hawk needs a chance to see if his wing can be repaired at least at the RSPCA. Just phone the RSPCA and someone will come out to you Fennie, he needs a chance for a survival at least, let us know what they said Fennie and when they are coming out.

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Mar 2019 at 12:48PM

Camilla's Avatar Gosh Fennie you sound in a bad way, however did that happen did you trip ?

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Mar 2019 at 12:49PM

Fennie's Avatar I was lifting two tubs of recyling and they are wide so I was holding them out in front of me and walking down the slope in front of our house: too much strain on the muscles of the lower back which have gone into spasm. But it will pass, it will pass. Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Mar 2019 at 02:21PM

Fennie's Avatar It's like racehorses, Camilla, which they shoot all the time if one breaks a leg. A racehorse is only good for one thing and that is racing. Their legs could be mended but the time and trouble is not worth the result and it would probably break its leg again anyway, with possible injury to the rider. So they are shot. Sad, but a fact of life.

A hawk is like a racehorse in that regard. Even with a mended wing it could never hunt again. Becoming a pet and learning to eat sausages is its only option! But I suspect that isn't an option either so poor Sparry will have to visit the happy hunting grounds in the sky on the point of a vet's needle.Sad

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Mar 2019 at 02:27PM

Faith's Avatar Without the correct diet it will probably die anyway. I agree with everyone above - you can't look after this kind of bird (not like a pigeon) so somehow it needs to get to the vet urgently as it's only chance.

Posted by: Faith on 19th Mar 2019 at 03:38PM

Fennie's Avatar But the vet will just put it down. What else can a vet do? The vet isn't going to keep it in the surgery.

Posted by: Fennie on 19th Mar 2019 at 05:46PM

Camilla's Avatar Fennie, ring 01792-371630 They are a Wildlife Bird Hospital in Sandy Lane, Swansea, this is the nearest one to where you live in Cowbridge. Their opening hours are 10am-5pm . Give them a ring in the morning. I think if you can't get out to see them then they will come out to you.

Posted by: Camilla on 19th Mar 2019 at 06:20PM

Westerwitch's Avatar We had an injured woodpecker - which I was not in a position to look after. I phoned the SSPCA - they came and collected the woodpecker and took it to a wildlife centre. They don't just put animals down. I know you care Fennie - but by feeding the hawk sausage you are slowly poisoning it. If it gets help now there is a good chance it will be ok the longer you leave it the less chance there is of recovery!

Posted by: Westerwitch on 20th Mar 2019 at 10:20AM

Camilla's Avatar I completely agree with what WW had said Fennie, bird will have more of a chance if it gets help now I fear it will die if not given the chance at the wildlife centre.

Posted by: Camilla on 20th Mar 2019 at 11:55AM

Camilla's Avatar How's Sparry doing at the moment Fennie?Smile

Posted by: Camilla on 21st Mar 2019 at 05:50PM

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