SWAN notes

THIS has been a very busy week for us as our son David was married last Wednesday and we held the reception at home in a marquee in the garden. We still managed to fit in our usual shifts at the shed plus a few extra ones just for fun.

On Monday the RSPCA delivered a heron which has no flight feathers, other than that it seems perfectly healthy. It certainly eats well and has enjoyed paddling in nine inches of water in the big pond and finding the fish we throw in. It will have to move to a smaller pen tomorrow as two cygnets are arriving from Chester-le-Street. These were small birds being bullied by their siblings and abandoned by their parents for some reason. The rest of the brood have been looked after perfectly well and looked fit and in good condition.

These two were certainly nothing like that and they were obviously stressed by the way they were permanently kept in the reeds and not allowed to join the other family members.

Linda took them in to be checked over and after a course of antibiotics they have been pronounced fit enough to be brought to us until they are able to cope for themselves.

Our tawny owl youngsters have been ringed and are ready to go back to where they were picked up. We shall really miss them as they are always interesting to deal with.

The youngest one watches as the aviary door is opened and then swoops low over the volunteers head and back to his perch so I think he will hold his own territory when released. We have some nice photos of them on our website.

All the baby hedgehogs are doing well and some are moving on to outside pens. These should be ready for release in the autumn. We have a little bantam shed in our garden and a hedgehog has used it for a nest. There are three little babies about 350grams by the look of them. We have had a wee look when mum is out. We have never seen them outside the shed.

Our little terrier Whisky is very keen to see them and it was him barking at the shed that alerted us to their presence. We have had to fence off the shed so that the hedgehogs can get out and Whisky can’t get in.

Whilst writing this item a kittiwake has just been brought to us at home so it looks like it’s back down the shed again.

That’s all for this week. Next week it’s the volunteers turn to write.

PAT GOFF

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