Sunday, 14 August 2011

wet kite

Several young birds have been picked up lately suffering from wet plumage and general weakness. Fortunately those involved have fed and sheltered the birds until ready for release or transfer to Gigrin farm's pen. One I took in, couldn't wait to get at the scraps, kindly provided by Mr Thomson, though when released into the pen it couldn't fly properly so I was glad it was safe and would be able to gain strength.
Many first year birds face huge perils and the drop-out rate should keep us all on our toes; just because we see hundreds at feeding stations it doesn't necessarily mean the battle to save the Red Kite is over.

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