As I mentioned in my earlier post, I have to deal with sick or injured birds a fair bit. My friends seem to think that if they find a bird that needs attention then Bill is the man for the job. And I’m okay with that, because generally the only other option is to let the bird die. An option I don’t really like.
Now while I classify myself as a bit of an expert on birds, everything I’ve learned has been self taught. I’m not a vet or a scholar, I’m just a guy that loves his birds and I think I do a great job for someone without expertise. What I lack in education I make up for in effort. I am only really guessing, but I think I’ve nursed close to two dozen birds back to health. Unfortunately it’s not always a happy ending, but I know I give the bird the best chance of getting back up on it’s feet (or is that wings?).
I’ve had all sorts of birds bought to me. Magpies are probably the most common bird I’ve had to deal with. They are actually really good healers and I’ve had a 100% record of getting them back into the wild. One still hangs around my property and nests every year in my back yard. He doesn’t swoop me either. He knows he can trust me. He’s probably my favorite. I like that he has had a family after everything he went through.
I remember once a guy bought me in a little finch bird he found that had a broken wing. He bought it in a muscle supplement Pro Testosterone container he had lying around. The bird was freaking out. Probably because the container didn’t have any holes in it! While this guy did recover be never recovered enough to make it back out into the wild. He’s now joined one of my finch aviaries.
Another time a willy wag tail was bought in by a guy who remembered speaking to me at a Christmas Party two years ago. I always tell my wife that I’m memorable, and here’s my proof!
I generally have two or three aviaries available for sick or injured birds and there is very rarely a time where there isn’t someone in there.
The rehabilitation time can differ greatly. I’ve been able to let some back out into the wild in a few weeks, but some can take a long time. One we had for 6 months before we let her out. It was a happy day. Some birds we have kept, as we know they would never make it if they had to fend for themselves.
I love this work. It makes me proud of who I am. I does take effort, but is so rewarding. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
For those looking for information on who to contact if you come across an injured bird (or wildlife for that matter), here is a great webpage with the available information – rspca.
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