At Feather Perfect Falconry C.I.C. we are often contacted when people have lost birds, found birds, or find injured birds and owls.
We are more than happy to care for any injured bird of prey handed to us, and where possible will release the bird back into the wild.
If you find an injured or lost bird of prey in Shropshire, please call us on 07866786142 / 01948 710881
We will endeavor to offer you advice over the phone or arrange to take the bird to our specialist vets for immediate treatment, we can also give the bird respite care until it can be re-released when possible.
We have also reunited many Falconers with their lost birds and even taken birds in for re-homing.
If you find a bird please remember the follow information..
First and foremost, take a moment to decide if the bird is truly injured. Is it limping, dragging its wing or falling over? If yes, then it probably is hurt.
Just because the little flyer is perched on the ground does not mean it’s injured. If there is no evidence of injury leave it alone. The same rule of thumb goes for any other small animal. The accepted rule of thumb is the “20 minutes rule”.
Observe the bird or animal for about 20 minutes to really find out if it is injured and in need of rescue. It is important, especially in the case of small animals, to remember mothers often leave their young to feed and always return very shortly to continue caring for their babies. If you pick up and remove the baby you could do more harm than good.
If you then think the bird needs attention please take note of the following information:
Important – Please note the following
In common with most other wild creatures, birds of prey fear man more than anything else. Any raptor which allows itself to be picked up is very ill and probably close to death.
Unnecessary handling will only jeopardise its chances of survival.
Injured birds of prey require immediate, specialised care and any delay in administering this attention could seriously reduce the possibility of the bird making a full recovery.
The successful rehabilitation and re-release of wild raptors require specialised knowledge and proper facilities.
The following rescue technique would be suitable in most circumstances, however, these are only guidelines and we should stress that each case is different and should be treated on its merits.
- Obtain a cardboard box of a suitable size to accommodate the bird to be rescued. Ensure that the box is well ventilated.
- You will require a towel or blanket large enough to completely cover the bird.
- Position yourself between the bird and any possible hazards, such as roads, rivers or ditches.
- Approach the bird slowly, but positively. Place the towel or blanket over the bird.
- Expect the bird to struggle when first covered. Quickly restrain the bird under the covering.
- Once it has calmed down, ensure that the bird is completely covered.
- Using both hands, pick up the bird complete with towel or blanket and place it into the box.
- The box should then be put in a quiet, dark and warm position. Resist any temptation to look at the bird, as this can often do more harm than good.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED THE CASUALTY.
9. Contact us immediately 07866786142 / 01948 710881 or ring a local veterinary practice or the RSPC
The Barn Owl Pictured above was found in an aviary with badly fitted jesses that had not been greased for so long that they had hardened and worn away the skin on the leg to the point of it becoming necrotic. Had it not been for the work of the vet and solid after care this bird would have died.