If you have found an injured bird of prey, please read-through the following advice before acting.
If you are able to approach/touch a bird of prey, it is likely very sick or seriously injured. Where this is the case:
If you find a young bird of prey, depending on the time of year, it may not be injured. Young birds will often leave the nest/box before they are able to fly and, as a result, are unable to return to it. This does not necessarily mean that they are in need of help though as the parents will continue to care for them.
Unless there are any specific or obvious dangers in the vicinity (such as cats, dogs and cars) these young birds should be left alone. If there is danger nearby, the best option is to carefully move the bird to a safe place (such as a nearby branch) or, if this is not possible or you’re ever in doubt, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01264 773850 for advice.
During the spring and summer, there are often many Tawny Owls in our hospital. If you see a Tawny Owl that’s obviously injured, then please call us or bring it to us. However, if you see a chick on the ground, it may not necessarily be in need of assistance.
It’s quite common for young chicks to leave the nest before they’re able to fly well enough to return to the nest. This means that although one might be found on the ground underneath, in the majority of cases its parents will continue to care for it.
We recommend that if you do come across a Tawny Owl chick on the ground then either leave it where it is or, if it’s obviously in danger such as near a road or path, place it safely on a branch (or similar) nearby. Do not try returning the chick to a nest as the parents may attack.
If you’re ever in doubt, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01264 773850 or 07919 061873 (if not office hours) for advice.
If you find a young Barn Owl on the ground that isn’t obviously injured, there may be a number of reasons why it isn’t still in the nest:
If you are in any doubt, please call 01264 773850 or 07919 061873 (if not office hours) for advice.