MEET SOME OF OUR RESIDENTS AND RECENT RELEASEES
BELOW ARE SOME OF THE RAPTORS (AND OTHER BIRDS) WE HAVE RESCUED, REHABILITATED AND RELEASED. THOSE WHO SADLY COULD NOT MAKE IT IN THE WILD, WERE GIVEN A LARGE, COMFORTABLE FOREVER HOME HERE AT BLUE HIGHLANDS. BUT THE VAST MAJORITY STAY UNTIL THEY ARE WELL, AND ARE DELIGHTFULLY SENT ON THEIR WAY, BACK TO THE WILD WHERE THEY BELONG... WHILE OUR PRIMARY FOCUS IS BIRDS OF PREY (RAPTORS) OUR STRONG DESIRE IS TO AID IN HEALING THE AVIAN ECOLOGY AT LARGE. FOR THIS REASON, WE TREAT ALL BIRDS WHO ENTER THE SURGERY. EACH SPECIES PLAYS A CRITICAL ROLE IN OUR ENVIRONMENT AND IS A CRUCIAL PART OF BIODIVERSITY.
Meet Marvel! Our Long-Eared Owl--the most elusive species in UK. He was sent to us because he had suffered a traumatic injury from vehicle impact, which resulted in him losing his left wing entirely. Unable to be returned to the wild due to his amputation, he found his forever home with us. Marvel, the one-winged wonder. And the sweetest bird that ever was.
Little Owl Rescue : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3J3UscKTNy4
Long-Eared Owl : https://youtu.be/l9CmRMqe3bI
Bengal Eagle Owl : https://youtu.be/YJ0cf5Tn9V4
Snowy Owls : https://youtu.be/EXecPPicbs8
Barn Owls : https://youtu.be/fQ3t0aMKJWc
Little Owlets : https://youtu.be/1AX5P2c9QIs
Crisis care situations move very fast and it's all hands on deck so we rarely have time to video the early stages each case. However, we did manage to take footage of another recent rescue of a Little Owl (Athene Noctua) one of the smallest owls in the world.
Unfortunately, not all rescues have positive outcomes but it is important to share all of our videos for educational purposes.
If we all place stickers on large windows and glass doors to prevent avian collisions, or drive a little slower on the roads, or to pick up an injured bird if an accident does occur, rather than simply driving on, then then we can avoid some incidents entirely, and assist quickly in others. We receive all manner of crisis situation birds; occasionally they lose a wing or an eye; sometimes they die from their injuries. Rarely, they are not dramatic at all.
Also, we have residents here that arrived in perfect health but whose primary carers had sadly died and family members were unable to provide ongoing care for the birds
The important thing is that we are there for all legitimate emergencies.
Meet Whisky. Whisky was the victim of a terrible bird on bird attack in another crisis shelter that was full to overflowing. The vicious attack resulted in her upper mandible (the main portion of her beak) being entirely torn away. Careful feeding, constant sanitising were necessary until the open wound sealed. Then Blue Highlands used one of their innovative techniques to create a fully functioning, bespoke prosthetic beak from acrylic. Twenty minutes after the curing process, the lovely female barn owl was able to eat her meal unaided for the first time in a month. Now, her natural beak has fully grown out and she is completely recovered from a traumatising incident.