Casualties are coming in thick and fast

These  three very young cygnets have lost their parents.
These three very young cygnets have lost their parents.

What a week this has been - the casualties are coming in fast. As soon as we cage up one, another arrives.

Blackbirds, thrushes, starlings, blue tits, all surviving cat attacks. Sadly some of these birds die of shock within 24 hours, but we do our best with them all.

We have also had a delivery from the RSPCA bringing up three very young cygnets having lost their parents. We are having to keep them indoors for a while as they need the heat. They are progressing well and putting on weight.

In the van with the cygnets was a young swan that was bruised a bloody about the beak, a very bad tempered bird he is too. On Sunday we put him in the big pond with the others and after a bit of chasing and wing raising they seem to have settled.

We have one lonely eider duckling. He is too small to go in with the cygnets but if he grows a bit we may do that. Young birds on their own do not do very well so we like to group them. His cage is next to the cygnets so he can see other birds. He has his mirror so that when he goes to the heat pad he can see another eider.

The three older mallards are now in the big pond with the swans. We put them in the little pond but they found their way to more water through a small hole in the fence. Since they are all getting on o.k. we left the there.

We have two racing pigeons and a wood pigeon to release this week.