wildlife team caring for some of UK's smallest birds
Two goldcrest fledglings - complete with their nest - who were
presented by a cat to its owner are being looked after by wildlife
carers from Burnham-On-Sea.
Aamazingly, the chicks were found to be unharmed after being brought
to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill.
At the same time four chiffchaffs were brought in, having been
found in Somerton on a garden lawn with scattered fragments of a
nest. Carers believe that they had been attacked by a woodpecker.
"These tiny birds constantly call for feeds throughout the
day and have been painstakingly reared with minute pieces of food
by staff at Secret World," said a spokesman.
"Goldcrests are smaller than the wren and have very distinctive
golden feathers on their crest and are quite rare. The chiffchaff
is the same size as the blue tit and has a distinctive chiff
Dan Bryant, animal carer at Secret World, who has been caring for
some of the smallest birds seen in Britain, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"To have managed to rear them to the stage where they are now
in a release aviary has been amazing and luckily we have had them
fitted with ornithological rings which will enable us to monitor
them after they have been released."
"With our hospital room full of baby garden birds, it has
been interesting to hear a different bird song."
Chiffchaffs are the first of the migratory birds that arrive in
Britain for the summer. These are just six of the 5,000 casualties
cared for at Secret World every year. At this time of year Secret
World is appealing for volunteers and donations to help with the
summer influx of animals.