Swan Notes: Two more Eyemouth swans rescued

Angel Wing causes the feathers at the tip of the wing to grow in the wrong direction.

Angel Wing causes the feathers at the tip of the wing to grow in the wrong direction.

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This week I will continue with the swans and cygnets condition.

One of the Eyemouth cygnets that had puncture wounds on her neck has finished the antibiotics and has been able to join the swan in the pond.

Last weekend we had a call about another of the Eyemouth cygnets stuck on rocks near the lifeboat. Kay managed quite gracefully to climb through the railing and clamber over the rocks to reach the cygnet. There looked to be a lot of blood around its body.

We bagged the cygnet and took her back to the Rollo Centre where she was examined. We found that the blood was from a nasty wound on the bird’s foot. One toe was completely skinned and the tip of the toe was broken. David the vet did a fantastic job on it removing the tip of its toe and stitching the skin together. The bird was on antibiotics for a few days but the vet checked it again on Friday and said she could join the others on the pond.

Dick collected up another two of the Eyemouth youngsters on Monday. They are just bruised and sore either from the rough sea or being chased by the adults. Two others seem to be OK where they are at the moment. Thankfully all the birds are getting on well in the big pond.

Also new in last week was a Barn Owl. It had been either in collision with a vehicle or had been caught in the turbulence from a heavy goods vehicle. The bird is a male of good weight.

The vet took the bird to tube feed and returned it after a couple of days as it was eating for itself. It still looked a bit shabby but has improved daily. Another week or so should see the bird released.