My Dad works in the countryside and when people find sick or injured animals they usually give him a ring. Yesterday he was catching a swan that had got caught in an angler’s fishing line and today while I was listening to the football (less said about that the better!) Dad went to find an injured buzzard that a friend of my mum’s had seen.
I went along with him (and Mum) to the field where it had been seen, arriving at the stroke of half-time in the football. The only buzzard we could see was perfectly healthy but we went for a walk and our dogs soon found the injured bird in a hedge. Dad had to chase it, its feet were badly wounded but it could still stagger at a surprising speed. By the time we got back to the car with the bird, the football was just kicking off for the second half!
We have it in our utility room now (pictured above), the next step is to take it to an expert. The Hawk Conservancy and the “Ringwood Raptor and Reptile Centre” are both nearby. Our phone calls today were unsuccessful, I guess we’ll have to “hawk” it about tomorrow.
Here’s hoping with expert help he makes a full recovery!