Trevor’s Week - June 15, 2011: Advice on young crows

HAD A rather unusual bird caught by a cat in Uckfield this week, we are not 100 per cent sure what it is but the consensus at the moment is that it’s either a juvenile Blackcap or Garden Warbler.

Luckily the bird was not badly injured and after an injection of antibiotic the bird was released and flew back to where its parents were.

We had a family of baby hedgehogs come in this week. They were rescued from a farm near Chalvington.

A barn was being cleared for fresh incoming hay and when moving a pallet mum and baby hedgehogs fell out.

The little ones were less than 48 hours old, sadly two were killed but mum and her remaining three babies were doing well.

They were picked up and delivered to Kathy where they were placed into a hutch in a quiet shed away from any noise and disturbance.

It is very important when dealing with mum and babies that the disturbance is kept to a minimum or the mum could kill her babies.

Next week I will let you know how they are doing. We leave them for at least a week to settle in before checking on them to ensure they are ok. Mum is eating well so we hope she is taking care of her little babies.

We are getting lots of calls about corvids (the crow family) many are fledging and like most fledglings they have to spend time down on the ground building up the muscle strength in order to fly.

Some corvids can take up to five or more days down on the ground. Like all other fledglings they are vulnerable to predators but they should be left alone as the parents are good at protecting their young and scaring off cats and other predators.

Sian Kneller has organised a raffle in aid of WRAS you can see the prizes and enter via her justgiving page at www.justgiving.com/WRASRAFFLE.

Don’t forget we are holding two volunteer recruitment days at our casualty care centre at Whitesmith, the first one takes place on Thursday (June 16) from 10am till 8pm.

Please turn up on the hour, you will be able to see some of the centre and learn about the main volunteering roles.

We are after volunteers to help with our three-four hour feed and clean shifts, as well as rescuers to help be on-call for at least one day a week based at our casualty centre, plus people to help with DIY, maintenance work and more.

Other roles include people who can help manage projects, write grant applications and more.

The second day is Saturday (June 18) from 10am till 1pm.

We have had another nest of baby birds in this week, this time from Seaford delivered in amongst a load of concrete blocks.

Babies are never easy to identify but we think they are young robins.

It is easy to tell what they eat by the shape of the beak, so we know we are feeding them correctly.

We, along with several other rescue groups and individuals across the country, have had quite a few calls about people feeding milk to young birds.

Remember that milk is bad for wild animals and birds, please do not give it!

Birds do not have breasts and nipples and do not produce milk. Baby birds get all the moisture from the food their mums feed them.

If you have to provide any fluids use water with a little sugar dissolved in it.

Don’t forget our treasure hunt on Sunday June 19.

Registration is between 1pm and 1.30pm, and sponsored by Uckfield Motor Services.

It costs £10 per team/car to enter, teams have two hours to find as many of the items and information as possible and return.

The winner is the team with the most amount of information and items will get a free MOT and service worth about £160 from Uckfield Motors as well as a few bottles of wine, beer etc.