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Old 19-08-2015, 06:40 PM
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Hi lads, collected this female Spar with an injured wing last night. She is eating well and weighed 251 grams on arrival. She is now in seclusion and hopefully will be returned back to the wild. My question is, can anyone tell me whether it's a juvenile or adult bird? I noticed that her two central deck feathers are not yet fully grown. One is about half way down and the other one is no more than an inch long which leads me to believe she may be an adult just finishing her moult. Any thoughts? Cheers
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Old 19-08-2015, 06:44 PM
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I would say she is over 3 years by how orange her eyes are but might be wrong
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Old 19-08-2015, 06:45 PM
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Defo adult bird pal .can tell by how deep the eye colour is ,
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Old 19-08-2015, 08:14 PM
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As already mentioned she is an adult, what wing damage has she got, anything broken and her outlook will be very bleak
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Old 19-08-2015, 10:19 PM
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I would inform your local wildlife officer asap to ensure there is no misunderstanding here at a later stage as to how you aquired the bird and the fact that your intentions are to return the bird to the wild within a realistic time frame . Best practice would also be to get a note from the " finder " of the bird

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I would inform your local wildlife officer asap to ensure there is no misunderstanding here at a later stage as to how you aquired the bird and the fact that your intentions are to return the bird to the wild within a realistic time frame . Best practice would also be to get a note from the " finder " of the bird
PS just noticed you are in Ireland and I am aware the legislation is different there . What I have states above would be true in England and I think all the UK but not sure about Eire.
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Old 20-08-2015, 06:30 AM
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Adult.
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Old 20-08-2015, 07:40 AM
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As already confirmed she's an older bird and probably a breeder. These birds, having gotten thus far in life should go back to the wild as soon as you think she's fit and ready. In the mean time, get good quality food through the chute, she'll need it.

Good job Mate, Michael
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Old 20-08-2015, 08:35 AM
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Thanks for your replies lads. I've already been in touch with the wildlife dept and applied for a temporary holding licence. Off down to Keith's this morning to collect some wood pigeons for her. Checked on her earlier and she appears very calm, hopefully we'll have a happy ending for her.
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Old 20-08-2015, 09:55 AM
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Good luck with her mate
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Old 21-08-2015, 11:16 AM
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Took the Sparrowhawk to my local vet yesterday for an x-ray and unfortunately she has a broken bone in her upper wing. My vet said she wasn't experienced enough with small birds to carry out the operation. Heading up to Dublin (250 mile round trip) this afternoon to a specialist vet who is going to do the surgery and hopefully pin the bone back together. Whether she will ever be released back into the wild remains to be seen now but whatever the outcome is, she cannot be left like this.
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