Hey everyone. This little chap is a Swift. They have just got back having flown 1000's of miles and sometimes they can end up on the ground squeaking. They are not hurt, it's just as they spend their entire life on the wing if they end up on the floor they can't get airbourne again. So if you see one grounded, pick it up and help it up into the air again. This one is up in the air again now and happily screeching away in the sky with it's pals.....i do like a happy ending 🙂
RSPB advice If you find a grounded swift, check that there are no obvious injuries, that the breast is not sharp and thin (starving) and that any flight feathers are not still in sheathing (young bird).
If the bird is not injured, take it to an upstairs window (for an adult bird an outstretched arm when standing up may be adequate) and place it on the palm of your hand, head facing outwards. Gently raise and lower your arm, thus allowing the bird to feel the air under its wings. It should then start taking an interest and usually takes off with confidence.
If it is reluctant to leave and is either in poor condition or a young bird, make it comfortable in a box. Regardless of age, a swift is unable to pick food from the ground, and is reliant on being fed.
Since a swift is extremely difficult to care for in captivity, it should be passed on to an expert rehabilitator as soon as possible. Offer it water in a cotton bud or end of a finger to prevent dehydration. Swifts, being totally aerial, need their wings to be in perfect condition. If a wing is damaged, you should seek the help of a vet.
We are Simon, Alvin and Theodora - three gorgeous kittens who’ll be looking for loving homes in the near future.
We came into Animal Accident Rescue Unit when a member of public called the helpline to report a mum and three kittens requiring assistance.
Our fosterer says we have all come along way since Christmas and now enjoy some human contact, but learning to trust people has been a big step forward for us.
Our mum is a dark tortoiseshell around a year old, so only a young cat herself. She’s still very scared of humans so not ready to be homed just yet. It’s thought we are from two litters of kittens that our mum had only a few months apart.
As we were feral and living outdoors you’ll understand that we are starting to learn that people aren’t so scary after all and are enjoying exploring inside a house - it’s nice and warm with lots of things to climb on! Our personalities are starting to shine through and with a bit of time will no doubt make loving members of a family.
We haven’t met any dogs or children yet, and not sure how we’d cope if we did.
We are still under assessment but should be ready to rehome in a few months time, so keep an eye on the website and the Facebook page for more details about our availability.
- Theodora is approximately a 1-year-old short-haired black and white girl. She is getting braver and venturing into other rooms with her fosterer’s other cats in.
- Simon is a 8-month-old semi long-haired black male. He enjoy head bumps with the other cats and playing with them.
- Alvin is a 8-month-old short-haired two tone ginger boy. He enjoy head bumps with the other cats and playing with them. ...