Friday, 25 July 2008

Still Busy

Had a little owl in this morning that had been hit by a car. Unfortunately, poor baby didn't make it, such a shame, he was precious :( RIP sweetie xxx

Littlest swift said he wanted to go yesterday so we took him and Sparks to a place locally where the swifts hang out. The youngest one took off and after a couple of false starts, off he went into the sky with the others. No such luck with Sparks....he just hung on and refused to try, he just kept running up the arm of my shirt and hiding. I don't know what we are going to do with he. We brought him back and he just snuggled in with Speedy!

ON the way back from the grand release, we saw a wood pigeon sat by the road. We stopped and had a look, he had been hit by a car and had a damaged wing and side so we brought him home and cleaned him up.

The adult blackbird that came in the other week is now outside in an aviary and Percy pigeon is now in with the big pigeons.

So, in the dining room we have, Lotus the moorhen, Meggie the pidgy dove (adorable) a young wood pigeon, two baby finches who are just adorable and like to sit on your hand to be fed. The little blackbird who is so tame it is silly, Squiff and little Sid the starlings, Toto the cockatiel who is settling in nicely the two swifts, Sparky and Speedy and of course Chips and Sid! Oh and the new pigeon. It will be interesting to see what today brings...hopefully it will bring Hannah who has offered to do an extra day bless her heart :)

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

And now for something different.....

A cockatiel!!!

found locally today being beaten up by some water birds. Sweet little thing, a bit shy but used to being in a cage rather than an aviary.

He has less feathers than when he started the day but not too bad really considering :) I will have a ring around vets etc and local radio see if I can find his mum and dad, if not, I guess he will just have to put up with us and Sid :)

Also, two cutsie little green finches. About a week off fledging I would think, seem fine apart from one has a dodgy leg so we need to put on our thinking caps on to see if we can find a way to support it as it seems to be the joint that is the trouble.

Everyone else ok but we are worn out !

Another Blackbird

She came in this morning. An injured adult :(

Unfortunately, her wounds were too severe to be fixed and we had to have her put to sleep. A real shame as she was so strong otherwise and very brave as she must have been in considerable pain.

RIP sweetheart xxx

All fine

All ok this morning apart from the first RTA tawny owl. She is looking right poorly, she is back on pain killers :(

Newest baby blackie as as cute as nuts, really sweet and I can't believe how tame he is, open his cage and he flies onto your hand to be fed.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Better angle on web cam

had a fiddle and the pic is much better now, you can see much more of the cage :)

New little pigeon

Little fella came in this morning, just out of the nest too early I think. No apparent injuries.

All the rest are ok today, Lotus is doing well, tiny little thing, I think she must have only hatched the last day or so bless.

Both RTA tawnies seem to be doing ok, as is the magpie, all looking much better than when they came in.

Monday, 21 July 2008

Sad News

One of the chickens has gone missing and I think a fox has taken her....the biggest shame is that she is the mum of the little babies, Munkee who I put a pic of on earlier :(

The chickens are all free range so it is always a risk but I have to say, we don't lose many, only 3 in 6 years but it is awful each time.

They are all shut up at night so the risk is lessened but I have tried penning them and they hated it.

The babies have ganged up with the 4 little ones that I hand reared and went into the chicken house all on their own tonight and snuggled up together.

The fox tried to get Skeet the guinea fowl too but she got away, minus a huge amount of lucky girl.

Strange thing is though, the lack of feathers from Munkee....there is just a chance that she is sitting on some eggs somewhere so we will keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.

Web Cam

Lotus is the star of the show on the webcam this week.

You have to bear with her as the camera is not very wide angle so you have to wait for her to come into the shot but since if is focused on the food dish, you shouldn't have to wait too long.


The tiny baby moorhen is just lovely. Little scrap, not even a handful, found in some reeds all cold and wet. Hopefully she won't have a any after effects, shame I haven't got any little chickens to put her in with. Will post a pic later.

She is called Lotus as she was found at the Lotus car plant.

Baby Moorhen

On it's way in !! :~0

Another Swift

another young swift just brought in. Seems fine but too young to be out flying really, his wings need to be quite a bit longer than his tail and at the moment, they are only about a centimetre longer so we will have to feed him up.

New Blackie

New little Blackie in this morning, fledgeling who seems to have got split from his parents.

Hannah was in yesterday and took loads of photo's of everyone. I will upload them later and see what we have got. I will post the best ones.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

All ok

All fine today, no great calamities or anything.

3 new additions, we have another juvenile starling called Sid who has to be "little sid" so big Sid doesn't get upset, a pigeon who lost his tail to a cat but it otherwise ok and another Tawny owl hit by a car. It seems ok but we will know more if it makes it through the night ok.

The little thrush is ok, Chips is still feeding him and the adult blackie is doing well although she is still too sore to be able to fly.

Oh, I do have some good news actually, remember the crow that came down from Scotland who had a deformed foot? well I strapped it up which was uncomfortable for him but I took the strapping off today and honestly, you wouldn't know which foot it was, it is perfect. Much better than I could have hoped for. He can grip the perch, stand and walk on it so I am well happy with that and so is he I think.

Still Here

I went out this morning and all three tiddlers were sitting on the backs of chairs on the patio. All shouted hello. Also about 4 of the doves but so sign of Pin this morning so far.

Friday, 18 July 2008

Well that worked ok

I opened the door of the hacking aviary this morning and let the two doves and the blackbird free if they wanted to go. Also opened the finch cage.

All of them, doves, blackie and finches have spent the day in and out of the aviary, I thought they would sleep in there but they all cleared off tonight, guess they will be back for breakfast in the morning.

Sparky is not wheezing at all today so I am not sure what that was about. We tried to release him tonight. We took him a couple of miles away to where a flock of swifts were feeding. Only problem was, he didn't want to go so we have had to bring him home again. Hey ho, try again next week I suppose.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

The Swifts

Sparks is wheezing a bit today, I have no idea why, he has been so healthy it's untrue. WE weighed him yesterday and measured his wings and he is about ready to about sod's law! I really can't think why he is poorly though, no-one else has a respiratory problem and he is in exactly the same conditions as he has been all along, maybe a bit cooler as there is no heating on and the weather is a bit cooler but by no means cold. Bit of a mystery, I do hope he is going to be ok :~(

Guess what lol

Little tinkers came back! No sign of d'Artangon yet but I went to feed Percy and co and Athos and Porthos were hopping around under the cage, I think they were trying to get in. Then they went into the wild bird aviary safety corridor and we went in after them. They let us pick them up no problem and we popped them back in the cage with Aramis for the night. I will open them up again tomorrow as the forecast is a bit better. They seemed quite happy and were more concerned about getting their supper than anything.

All that worrying for nothing!

Just had a chat with one of them !!

I went out and he was on the bird feeder ! He hopped onto the fence and let me go up to him. We had a bit of a chat and he flew off again. I feel a bit better now, if he is ok, the other two probably are as well. I will open the cage again tomorrow and let Aramis out.

Thanks for your support peeps xxx

Worried Sick

It has been raining cats and dogs since I released the finches. I wasn't planning to do it today but Porthos escaped when I was changing their food so I thought it was better to let them all go. Everything was fine but then the heavens opened.Aramis is still in the cage but no sign of the others. I have been wandering around in the rain like a crazy lady looking for them in case they got wet and are on the ground somewhere.

End result, no sign of them and I am soaked !

I know, you are all saying stop worrying, they will be fine but this is the best and the worst bit, (well nearly, worst is if they die obviously) when I release them. It is fab to see them go but then I worry myself silly over them.

Best go and have another look I suppose :(


Poor baby is back in the house again. She was having a lovely time but I got a young thrush in and it is too scared to take food from me so I had to get her in to feed it :)

She works so hard bless her, Rich says she will have to have a Christmas bonus :)

Little Finches were released today and they are sitting in the tree apart from Aramis who wants to stay in the cage. I guess he will pluck up courage later in the day.

Another sweet thing happened, we have put all the crows and Jackdaws together and they just seem so happy in their new aviary. JD the Jackdaw and his "mate" Charlie crow are sitting on the highest branch, snuggled together and nibbling each other's beaks, they really seem to love each other :)

Percy, Pickle and Podge the baby pigeons are quite happy outside in their aviary, they are pecking a little but I still have to had feed them. They have the older one in with them too, the one that can't walk very well and they all seem to be fine, watching the world go by.

The two young doves and Pin are also doing well, won't be long until they can go too I don'tthink.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Chips and Pin

are now outside with the two little doves.

All we have left in the dining room is Sid, Squiff and the little pidgy dove.

We had a big clean up in there today and moved out all the empty cages so we are good to go again if anymore come in....which I feel sure they will.

The magpie and the tawny are still doing well also.

Unfortunately, the tiddler didn't make it, it had a cat bite :( It died mid morning. RIP baby xxxx

I am also looking after some baby parrots for a friend today, 6 of the little fellas, awfully tempted to keep one to play with Sid :)

So, all quite on the eastern front which is good as there are loads more jobs to do outside now so many little ones are out there.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Dove Babes

Are roosting in the trees rather than the aviary so Chips and co can move out there tomorrow. Turkey babies and Gizmo the pheasant are outside now and seem to have settled to it. They are in a run most of the time at the moment as they are too small to go free range just yet but they were out for plays again this afternoon and pooped all over me :)

It was lovely this afternoon, I sat in the garden for a while, near the new wild bird aviaries, surrounded by all my little ones, some in their aviaries, some running around, all the little doves , chickens, Micro, Georgie and Donald duck, absolute magic !


There are people :)

I am having a massive change around. The baby finches are now outside in a big cage, getting ready to go. The baby pigeons are all outside in an aviary. They are still being topped up with hand rearing formula but as the weather is so nice, they may as well be out there.

The Crows and Jackdaws are all in together and getting on really well.

Micro now has his own house which is open all day so that he can come and go as he pleases. He loves it and spends more time in it than I would have expected.

A brilliant thing happened today, I opened the aviary door for the little doves yesterday (the three that were ready to go, two more still indoors). Anyway, about mid afternoon, they flew off and although they came back a couple of times, they did not sleep in the aviary overnight. No sign of them this morning so I thought they had flown off. I was cleaning out their aviary ready fot Chip and Pin and the other doves when I happened to walk around the pond to the other side of the garden, there on the fence sat my three babes and a wild baby that has been living in the garden. All four have been hanging around since, on the ground, eating with the chickens and sunbathing. It was a lovely feeling.

If they don't sleep in the aviary tonight, I will move Chips and co tomorrow ready for release maybe next week.

Had another tiny brought in today, little blue tit by the looks of it :) only a few days old.

Is anybody reading this?

Just wondered if I am talking to myself :)

If there is anybody there, please leave a comment occasionally so I know I am not alone :))

Do you believe in Angels?

We do. Time and time again they have given us what we need just when we need it.

The night before last, we were having a discussion about the latest Swift. One of it's wings isn't working correctly. If it is going to migrate, it will need to be released by the end of the month and looking at it, that is highly unlikely. Problem is, if you try to overwinter them they are prone to SADS and usually don't make it. So we were saying, we need to get a light box for the little fella. Lo and behold, the very next day, I went onto our local Freecycle site and someone had offered one free. I got in touch with her and she is going to bring it over to me on Thursday....just how cool is that....(or warm really thinking about it!).

Yet again, our Angels are taking care of the birds needs :)

Sunday, 13 July 2008

All's the moment anyway

Newbies all doing ok. The tawny is sitting up and looking better although still far from recovered.

The Magpie is a lot better, eating well and walking using both legs.

Little swift is doing fine, eating waxworms like a good un.

All others are doing fine too...apart from me...I am stressed and worn out so if anyone wants to come and help clean cages etc.....feel free....please !!!

Seriously, we really could do with some volunteer help if there is anyone local reading this. We would be very grateful.

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Well worn out!

We spent the day today at Hedgehog Rescue's open day....we didn't have enough to do so we thought we would do a bit of fund raising lol.

We took Sparky swift and Meg the pidgy with us as they needed feeding regularly, (the others are feeding well enough to be left for a while), Georgie Barn owl and Micro.

Those two were amazing, not surprising really with Georgie as he is used to being jessed up and handled but it was the first time we had put anklets and a leash on Micro...he was great. The two of them spent the day meeting and greeting people, and seemed to really enjoy it.

Our lovely volunteer, Hannah gave up her Saturday to come with us. She is a godsend, she spent most of the day with Georgie who she adores, I am almost at the point of checking her bag before she leaves to make sure he isn't hidden in there. She was very good with both George and the people, explaining about both him and barn owls in general, explaining why they should not be stroked etc...a great help.

The main reason we wanted to do some fund raising is that we would like to buy a brooder for when we have tiny nestlings, I am sure that it will increase the survival rate....we raised £112 today, just with collection tins....we are very happy bunnies.

Thank you to Sandra and all at Hedgehog Rescue, both for inviting us along and for taking such good care of us, supplying us with food and drinks all day long, not only was it a good day in terms of fund raising but it was also a really lovely day, despite the rain.

We got back tonight and took in a juvenile magpie with an injured leg, he is a real sweetie but he looks as if he has been injured for some while so he is quite weak. He has been medicated and is snuggled under a heat lamp in the caravan with the Tawny owl who came in last night...he is still with us and managed a little food tonight but he is still fairly poorly.

We then had a call about a swift that a lady had found but she was unable to get it to us so off we went again to collect him from the other side of town. he was very cold and hungry but he has had some food now and is warm and cosy on a heat mat so fingers crossed for him.

Another day in paradise :) All other little feathery people are fine, I am just going to do the last feed on the pigeons then we are off to bed as we have a crew in tomorrow so it will be busy again.

RTA Tawny Owl

Had a juvenile Tawny Owl brought in late last night after being clipped by a car.

No apparent wounds but a fairly bad knock on the head.

Gave her painkillers and left her in a box on a heat pad overnight. She is looking a lot brighter this morning, sitting up and looking around which is very promising.

All others fine and well, post again later.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Good Morning !

All well this morning and I have Martha in today to help, so all is well in my little world.

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Going round the room

The dining room that is, thought I would update on who we have in there at the moment.

We have the Muskateer finches who are just fab. They are such little characters. They are forever escaping from their cage when they are being cleaned out and it takes ages to catch them up again. They fly around with the others, all squealing and having a whale of a time.

Then there is Chips the blackie, still feeding Pin the other blackie although he can actually feed himself now. They are both out most of the time.

Sparks the swift is doing well, I think we will be able to release him. I will take him over to a friends house as she has swifts whereas we don't. He is in his cage as he cant fly around.

Then there are the little pigeons. Percy is like one of those old bombers, he can fly really well now and spends most of his time on top of Sid the parakeet's cage with the little dove who is almost ready to go outside into an aviary with the other four awaiting release.

The two smaller pigeons are starting to peck at food and are growing really well. They should be flying by next week I should think.

The older pigeon with dodgy legs is still not able to stand very well, I am hoping that it isn't anything permanent. I have to keep hosing down his bottom in the bath to keep him clean!

Then we have Meggie the new baby pidgydove. She is just adorable. Seems to be doing ok. We had a problem with her yesterday when she came in as she had crop stasis. The food in her crop had solidified as she was cold. Some warm sugar water syringed into her crop and a gentle massage soon fixed it and she is looking much better now. Fingers still crossed for the cat spit.

The turkeys, Parsely and Thyme are very lovely and very loving. They adore being cuddled too. Giszmo the Pheasant is doing a lot better now she is in the puppy pen with them and they seem to be quite fond of her. All three sleep together in their bed.

Squiff is being his normal naughty self, stealing everyone else's worms whenever he can.

Sid is having the time of his life with lots of pals to fly around with.

I think thats all of them in there at the moment!

Life would be easier if I kept them all in their cages all the time but it wouldn't be anywhere near as much fun!

We took Jolly (now re-named Georgie) the owl out with us in the jeep tonight for the first time. He loved it. He sat on the grab bar in the front, looking out of the windscreen, I had hold of his leash but didn't need it really as he sat very well, leaning around corners. He has fitted in here brilliantly and spends most of his time indoors with us.

Micro is fabulous as ever still just as tame and also spending a lot of time in the house.

New volunteer

A new volunteer started today, Martha. She lives locally and wants to be a vet nurse. She offered to come over and lend a hand to get some experience with bird. She is a great help, pitched in like a Trojan, cleaning etc, even washed the dining room floor. She is coming back again tomorrow too. Thanks Martha!

Wed evening

Lost the little sparrow tonight. He had a big lump on the side of his neck where I think a cat had bitten him. poor little fella.........we seem to have good runs and bad ones, bad one at the minute.

Having said that, loads of them are doing great.

Stop Press

Just had a look at the comments setting. It was set for registered users only. I have now changed it so anyone can leave a comment. Please feel free to join in by posting anything you want to say :)


Birthday went fine, lovely friends, lovely party, lovely presents, lovely mess!!

I am so far behind with everything it's not true....never mind, housework will wait.

Right, first the bad news, we have lost a few over the last few days :(, we lost the woodpecker and the older of the two swifts. and this morning, I lost one of the tiny blackbirds. The other one isn't looking too good either. It is the old battle against cat spit. Initially, I thought the antibiotics were going to do the trick but to be honest, the last couple of days, they haven't been looking so good and I don't think the second one will go on much longer.

The woodpecker was similar to the little owl, it had been hit by a car. Seemed fine while I was doing everything for it, on the last night it was looking a lot better, sitting on his branch and taking food from my hand. I really thought we had turned the corner with him. Came down next morning and he had died in the night. RIP sweetheart xxx

The second little swift has also died but it was not really a suprise, it was not contented like Sparky and didn't like being fed. Also, it was quite a bit older and one has to wonder why it was on the ground in the first place. RIP Poppet xxx

We have also lost a couple of newbies, a chaffinch that came in with a head injury and a blackbird who had been injured.

I have to say it is a bit disheartening, but I try really hard to look at it in a positive way. I can't save everything and at least those that don't make it, end their lives in a warm place with food in their bellies and some comfort and love.

On a brighter note, we still have a room full!

We have a little sparrow who I have put in with the chaffinches and it is starting to take food so fingers crossed. We have an additional pigeon who seems to have a bit of a problem with it's legs and we had the most darling little one brought in yesterday. It looks like a cross between a pigeon and a dove and fits in the palm of my hand. Again, it has been bitten by a cat so I have it on antibiotics and I just hope that will be enough to swing it.

Everyone else is doing well, growing daily and looking healthy.

I am putting the cam on the pidgydove today.

More later but a bit down this morning :(

Sunday, 6 July 2008

It's my Birthday !!!!

And I am having a party :)) Quite why I am crazy enough to try and have a party amongst all this I am not sure but I thought I would give it a go.

Mind you, it probably won't be much different to normal, you would not believe how many people came over yesterday, we are blessed with many friends, and everyone wants to see what is happening here so everyone was taken round, tour groups meeting in different places around the garden :) Hilarious really, my legs went all wobbly yesterday though with the walking round! We also have a crew in today so that should be fun, looking after the birds, co-ordinating with the crew and organising the party....and it is due to rain!

I have a helper today though, besides my lovely Richard that is, a young lady called Hannah. She is wanting to train to be a vet and is coming here on Sunday's to first "proper" volunteer. She came last Sunday too and she was a great help. She is a natural with the birds.

Oh yes, the birds:) We had a change round late on yesterday and we now have the two rooks together and the four crows together, (Micro spends a lot of his time out and about though). I have just been and checked and they are all doing ok.

A bit of a pecking order established in each area, the wild one being in charge of the rookery and Micro being in charge of the Crowerie. I would love to spend some time with Salem but I musnt't let myself as we need him to get wild. He is very beautiful though, Our friends James and Sue have done a cracking job with him.

I must just tell you about our other addition, Jolly the barn owl, now re-named Georgie. He is a darling, he was in the house most of the day yesterday and fitted straight in with the cats and the dog. His previous owner, Jake has had a problem with him though, in that he keeps screaming and no-one knows why.......well we do now.......he wants a woman!!!!! so much so that he has decided that he loves me very much.....he "loved me" quite a few times yesterday rofl!!

As for all the little ones and everyone else, all fine this morning.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Salem and Jolly

Both came in today.

Salem is a rook who was hand reared but is not tame with anyone but his dad. The plan is to put him with a wild rook, (the one that fell in the water butt) to see if we can make him wild enough to release at then of summer.

Jolly is a cute male barn owl. His dad has had him since he was a lad, Jolly is now 15 but a change in circumstances means that he is unable to keep him. Jolly will live out the rest of his days here with us.

Woods the Woodpecker

Woods started taking wax worms from me this morning...for the first time. I have been opening his beak and popping food in but he has obviously decided that I am not planning to kill him and that he may as well take the food I offer him.

He is spending most of the time either hanging from his log or the cage side now so a definite improvement.

Sad News

I am afraid we lost the Little Owl Yesterday evening.

He was hit by a car a few days ago but seemed to be a little better. It sounds strange but he was ok till he started feeling better and moving around a bit. He appeared to have a head injury and I think that something just shifted when he moved his head and that was too much for him.

He was a darling little fella and a real tryer but he was obviously due to move on to other things.

RIP sweetheart, it was an honour to know you even for such a short time xxxx

Friday, 4 July 2008


Hope you are all liking the pics, more still to come :)


Had another juvenile swift brought in tonight from a local vet. Nothing appears to be wrong, I think it has just fledged and not quite got the hang of it. It is in with Sparky swift who is a bit younger. Hopefully, a couple of weeks and the two can go off together.

Good news on the woodpecker, he is now able to sit up on a branch in his cage and hang on quite well which is fab as he was pretty bad when he got here.

Little owl is also improving, looking a bit brighter and although he is far from being well, he seems to be getting the feeling in his feet back a little.


No new babies yesterday!

Everyone is doing well, the tiny blackbirds are eating and pooing well.

The woodpecker is looking a lot brighter and even tried to perch on his branch last night.

Little Owl is also looking better. He knows we are trying to help him. He won't open his mouth for food but he will let me do it for him.

Squiff was sent to the naughty corner yesterday, He went in to the juv blackbird's cage, stole all his worms and then beaked him....little rat bag.....confined to cage till he behaves himself.

Chips is still feeding everyone in sight.

Had a cage move around and put all the baby pigeons and the dove in together in a larger cage.

Turkey babies came out for a cuddle for a while last night while we watched a bit of tv...very unusual....watching tv, not cuddling turkeys :)

OK, I have to do a big clean up in the bird room today, it is a right mess again and we are having friends over at the weekend. It is my birthday on Sunday and we are having a bbq....crazy with this amount of kids to look after but we will manage somehow I'm sure.

Thursday, 3 July 2008


well guys, I don't quite no where to start, the last few days have been a little like a whirlwind with new critters coming in. I had a count up this morning and we currently have 81 birds!!!! Of those, 20 are in the bird room needing fairly constant care.

OK, going round the room, we have the finches, Muskateers. Doing brilliantly well and still on the web cam although they fly around the cage so much it is often difficult to see them.

Next, a green woodpecker who we think has been hit by a car. He came in on Wednesday and I didn't think he will make it but he seems a little better this morning. I have managed to get him to eat so thats good.

Then we have the baby pheasant who is four weeks old but looks more like a week. He seems to have some brain malfunction so is very wobbly but I think he will be ok long term but will never be very independent.

Next, the baby turkeys who are just lovely. They are so good and adore being cuddled.

Two tiny baby blackbirds came in yesterday, little baldy nestling who were got by a cat. Cat spit birds always seem to die so I have tried an experiment. I have given them a tiny bit of antibiotic and touch wood, they are doing ok. Eating and pooping well and made it through the first night. Feeding every half hour so that is a bit wearing but not a problem if them make it, it will be well worth it.

Also yesterday, a Little Owl, another traffic accident. He is very poorly and having to be hand fed but he also made it through the night so I am hopeful.

3 baby pigeons and a baby dove in total, all doing really well.

A little swift who is also doing well, eating wax worms by the dozen, still not able to fly yet though.

I also had a juvenile blackbird in the other day who is terrified of humans. I was at my wits end as to how to feed him as he screamed every time I tried, the brainwave was to get Chips the Blackie to do it. She has come up trumps. Give her a mouthful of food and she goes straight into his cage and feeds him and he takes food from her with no problem. Although Chips' leg is healed, it is still weak and she is still bald so I think she is going to stay long term which is not a problem as she, Squiff the starling and Sid the Parakeet are best pals and hang out together all the time. I f she does stay, she will be a real bonus as she will feed anyone who asks. She even tried to feed the woodpecker although he wouldn't have it and told her to clear off!

I think that is about it for the bird room tinies.

Outside everyone is doing well. Micro doesn't fit into any category as he is inside and outside. Still a real star, people who meet him just can't believe how great he is. Quite happy to play outside for hours on end, weeding etc then just come to me when I shout him. Velcro is doing well and can eat on his own which gives Micro a break although when they are together, Micro still feeds him. Also got the crows from Scotland who are in with the Rook that fell into a water butt. Still have the crow's foot taped up as it is deformed and I am trying to straighten it out.

I have four of the little doves in an aviary now, jst waiting till they are grown enough to release.

I did release 2 birds this week, the pigeon who had been shot in the wing, he flew off great and a little cross bred dove/ wood pigeon, also went off well and comes back for food.

Clarissa the wood pigeon is still poorly and I can't work out what is wrong. I have treated her for everything I can think of and she is on a tonic but she is still under the weather.

Dumpling the Tawny is now in with the other Tawnies and is really happy. He is getting wilder which is good as the plan is to release him when he is older.

Yesterday, we took in another 12 owls on a temporary basis, 9 southern white faced and 3 asian wood owls, very beautiful.

All the other owls are doing great apart from one of the barn owls who has an eye infection but that is being treated and is responding well.

We managed to get the wild bird aviary block more or less finished this week and I am thrilled to bits with it. Just have to do the kitchen area and pretty it up a bit and it will be done. All the wildies now have spacious accomodation, all with a safety corridor so no one will escape before they are due to go.

We have two more crows due in, both destined for release so they will all go in together and be released at the end of summer.

Right, thats it for now, I will post more later but for now, I have to go feed everyone again :)