Saturday, 18 August 2012

Chirpy has gone

Here he is strapped in the car ready for the journey to the Weirfield Wildlife Hospital at Lincoln. As far as I know he is fit and healthy so doesn't need any hospital treatment, but they also take in rescued and abandoned animals and birds.


I found them through another web site and rang up for advice on what to do. The woman said they could take Chirpy in, teach him how to do birdy things, and when he is ready they will release him back to the wild. He was getting on really well here, and wanted to be free in the garden. I couldn't find him one night to get him into his des res. After searching through the hedge for ages I gave up and had to leave him out. I was amazed that next morning he came running across the lawn to me as I stepped out of the back door. He was learning how to fly, and started pecking around on the ground, he even took a bath in the frying pan filled with water which I leave out on the lawn for the hedgehogs to drink from.

He was picking things up fast, but it was getting difficult with the cats wanting to be outside. They  had to take it in turns, cats out chirpy in, Chirpy out cats in. I couldn't let them all out together.
 
Anyway, it looks a good place for him to be. It's an established charity started in 1989. This is their web site if you want to see the layout and photographs. It is in the back gardens of three houses.
www.weirfield.co.uk
Toodle pip

16 comments:

  1. Great news. Hope you can keep up to date on his progress.

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  2. That is good news, I've taken creatures to wildlife centres too, even a bat once, and a duck would you believe that flew into the window !

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  3. Well done Ilona for nurturing this little critter and seeing him safe to the wildlife hospital.

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  4. I know cats are not in the same category, but I wish there was a center of sorts in my Mom's town for cats. Her yard is riddled with cat piles. She is 86 suffering with a bit of dementia, but she does love working in her yard.With the loss of most of her eye sight, that is most of the pleasure she gets from her life now, only to be pestered to death with stray cats. She definitely is not a lover of cats.I hurt so for her, but she hates doing anything to harm the pets of others, if indeed, that is what they are.I truly doubt there is any help for her in her case.

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  5. What a nice ending to the story. Glad Chirpy didn't end up as a cat toy/food. :)

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  6. Glad there was a happy ending to Chirpy's story!

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  7. You did well to keep Chirpy safe and fed. It`s good to know that he will soon be learning to be independent at the Wildlife centre.

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  8. Chirpy will do just great!
    Jane x

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  9. That`s good news! I`m sure he will be fine!

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  10. That is fantastic news!!! Glad to hear that he will be okay. I think you are going to miss him though. Who knows, perhaps one day he will fly back to see you, and you will know it's him!!

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  11. I will ring up in a weeks time to find out how he is getting on, and yes, I miss his chirping and running across the lawn to me.

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  12. That is so funny that he was learning what to do. Some nights, a hen will resist going to the pen. I just threaten her with the raccon and leave. Then, I fear for the hen and go and pick her up in the dark, and put her in the pen. Your bird is lucky to have made it through the night! Of course, flying higher keeps cats away.

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  13. So pleased to read that Chirpy is safe & sound. You have done so well Ilona.
    Wendy (Wales)

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  14. Thanks for sharing Chirpy with us for the brief time he was with you, he's a lovely little bird.
    Bye Chirpy and good luck

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  15. What a lovely thing you did for that little creature. We need more people like you Ilona.

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  16. Great news about Chirpy! I'm back from Wales now - sorry I couldn't reply to your email - we didn't even have a bit of phone signal there let alone along wifi! I'm not as familiar with the crowden area as I am with other parts of the Peak but it sounds fine for our walk. Now I'm home I'll be able to have a look for the layby you mentioned and I'm sure that'll be fine. I always park for free when possible too.

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