The 7th tri-monthly report of the Milvus Rehabilitation Centre (April-June 2013)

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The number of birds arriving at the Rehabilitation Centre has increased considerably between April and June. The majority of the newcomers are young fledglings, from species whose main developmental period spans spring and early summer. 

In this period, 43 people asked for our help with birds they had found. Besides the 8 birds which were already in the Centre, we received 38 birds – 2 White Storks, one Grey Heron, 3 Common Buzzards, one Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 6 Kestrels, 10 Little Owls, one Ural Owl, 6 Long-eared Owls, one Great Spotted Woodpecker, one Eurasian Collared Dove, one Eurasian Jay, one Common Starling, one Rook. This gave a total of 46 birds receiving treatment. From these, 8 received surgical interventions and 6 birds received medication. While 5 birds perished, 25 birds recovered, of which one was transferred and the rest were released. 15 birds remained in the Centre.

We are particularly pleased because the number of released birds increased compared to the deceased ones – out of 65 treated or helped birds only 5 individuals perished. One of the most difficult problems we encountered in this period was of people taking chicks which had fallen out from their nests back home with them home with them, rather than placing them back in their nests. Although an act of good intention, trying to raise young, wild chicks at home without the necessary knowledge of how to feed and keep them often results in death or damage to the bird.

The following birds were treated during April-June 2013 (the birds helped by giving advices through phone are marked with an *):

1. White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) – 3 individuals
2. Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) – 1 individual
3. Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) – 7 individuals
4. Eurasian Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) – 1 individual
5. Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) – 6 individuals
6. Kestrel* (Falco tinnunculus) – 3 individuals
7. Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) – 2 individuals
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA8. Ural Owl (Strix uralensis) – 1 individual
9. Tawny Owl (Strix aluco) – 2 individuals
10. Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) – 6 individuals
11. Little Owl (Athene noctua) – 10 individuals
12. Little Owl* (Athene noctua) – 5 individuals
13. Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopus major) – 1 individual
14. Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) – 1 individual
15. House Martin* (Delichon urbica) – 4 individuals
16. Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) – 1 individual
17. Eurasian Jay (Garrulus glandarius) – 1 individual
18. Eurasian Jay * (Garrulus glandarius) – 4 individuals
19. Common Magpie* (Pica pica) – 3 individuals
20. Rook (Corvus frugilegus) – 3 individuals

We would like to thank those who asked for our help and especially to veterinarians Levente Borka from Tîrgu-Mureș and Lóránd Köbölkuti from Merești for their fast and invaluable help.

In the name of the Rehabilitation Centre,
Róbert Zeitz

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