Our first two baby blackbirds arrived at Kildare Animal Foundation last week.
Blackbirds are nearly always our first young garden birds to arrive each spring. We keep detailed records of all our admissions, so we are able to prepare well in advance for orphan season. We can tell roughly on what dates we can expect different species.
We know the natural history of them, so know when each mammal and bird has their breeding seasons.
Of course, there are always some that completely throw us out of season, but again we are prepared for such events.
Small garden birds get feed every 15 to 20 minutes from 7am until 11 pm until they are self-feeding.
This is very time-consuming for our wonderful volunteers, whose hard work is so invaluable.
Both these little blackbirds were attacked by cats. Please, if you can, keep your pet indoors as much as possible during the garden bird breeding season, and if they go outdoors then make sure they are wearing bells, and only go out during the middle of the day. Also, a reminder that tree and hedge cutting is illegal at this time of year. If hedges have good cover then the chances of cats and other animals attacking nests is slimmer.
We have some fundraisers coming up in April.
Table quiz in Bray: We are holding a table quiz in aid of the wildlife unit at Kildare Animal Foundation. This event is open to anyone and promises to be lots of fun. We will also have a raffle on the night so please do come along and help sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. The event will take place in the Harbour Bar in Bray, Wicklow at 7.30pm on Thursday April 25.
Kildare Animal Foundation, located outside Kildare town, is a voluntary organisation that provides a safe haven for neglected or abused animals. Tel: 045 522929, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or log on to www.animalfoundation.ie. All donations welcome.