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My mother and her broken rook

Phonecall from my mother to say that she has had a rook with a damaged wing stuck in her back garden for several days, and will I come over and help her catch it so she can take it to the vet as despite being fed and watered and given a perch to sit on, it does not seem to be improving. 

Rooks are Beyond My Expertise, so any tips on rookwrangling would be much appreciated. 

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hedgebird
17th Jun, 2012 19:12 (UTC)
The only thing I've been told about crow-like things is: don't hold them around their chests, as they will stab your hands with their beaks? Apparently that's safe with birds that rip (like eagles) but not ones that peck.
bunn
17th Jun, 2012 21:57 (UTC)
Argh! OK, I will consider myself warned.

(Also, should I ever need to catch an eagle, i'll know what to do!)
bunn
18th Jun, 2012 12:47 (UTC)
I can now add, with the combined weight of experience and a helpful rook expert behind me, that rooks appear to be not aggressive birds!

I wore gloves and sleeves lest I should be slashed at, but he didn't try. He should be off to a wildlife centre shortly for rehabilitation, if the vet thinks the wing can be saved.
wellinghall
17th Jun, 2012 19:37 (UTC)
Oddly enough, we saw a crow with a damaged wing in Gloucester yesterday.
bunn
17th Jun, 2012 21:57 (UTC)
High winds and young birds?
wellinghall
18th Jun, 2012 17:40 (UTC)
Mm, very possibly.
ladyofastolat
17th Jun, 2012 19:41 (UTC)
Rookwrangling
They move in straight lines, don't they, both forward and sideways across the board? Make sure you don't get taken by a rampaging knight. They're sneaky, and can go places you don't expect.

Oh, and if you see a rook on its own, it's a crow.

Oh... um... you wanted useful tips? ;-)
bunn
17th Jun, 2012 21:58 (UTC)
Re: Rookwrangling
Oh, and Pif to you! :-ppp
mcmurphy79
17th Jun, 2012 20:35 (UTC)
Oh no. So sad. I LOVE birds in the crow family. Actually crows do hang out together though rooks and jackdaws tend to be more sociable. You can tell it's a rook by the way the feathers are. Is there some sanctuary she can call for advice.

mcmurphy79
17th Jun, 2012 20:39 (UTC)
I can't access this on my phone but maybe these people have some advice? Http://www.leicestershirerookrescue.co.uk/
bunn
17th Jun, 2012 21:56 (UTC)
Aha, you star! They have a facebook page, I've asked for advice there.
mcmurphy79
17th Jun, 2012 22:00 (UTC)
I googled some bat people last year when I had one in my house and they were so helpful. I just hope the rook is ok. Gorgeous birds.
bunn
18th Jun, 2012 12:58 (UTC)
I have captured the rook and delivered him to the vet. If they think he can be fixed, they will pass him to a wildlife rescue. He was very sweet and much less stabby than I had feared!
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