Barn Owl Bill has been looking after birds of prey for over 16 years and he still doesn’t know everything so here he will share some of his knowledge.
Barn Owl Bill is concerned about the pesticides being used in this country, most bird of prey fatalities are due to these. He is also worried about salt poisoning. Salt poisoning occurs when members of the public put bacon rind out for the birds to eat. Often these birds are then taken as food by the birds of prey, transferring the salt into the birds. Salt makes the birds the birds thirsty and they often venture out of their safe nests when they wouldn’t normally do so, to get a drink. At this point the birds are very vulnerable and can often be killed.
Although birds of prey are beautiful to look at they do not make good pets. They are hard to look after and many people cannot give them the attention they need. Often birds are abandoned after being bought with little or no knowledge about the care they require. These birds then find it difficult to return to the wild having previously been given food rather than hunting themselves. They are also less aware of the dangers they face having lived in captivity.
If you see an injured bird do not attempt to rescue it yourself. Find an adult that you know – never talk to strangers – and ask them to help you. They will need to wear thick gloves as sick or injured birds can be very defensive and may try to defend themselves or escape. Place the bird in a dry cardboard box and take it to a local vet. If in the North West of England contact Barn Owl Bill for further advice.