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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The wonderful work of the GSPCA – A Good News Story!

Steve Byrne, the Manager of the Guernsey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA), recently informed me of the fate of Lesser Black-backed Gull Black 9AA8, which was reported in the vicinity of Chouet landfill covered in heavy pink adhesive gunk on 20 April 2012.  Shelter staff picked up the gull, and bird rehabilitation specialist Yvonne Chauvel set to work with others to painstakingly clean the gull’s feathers with a flea comb! After many hours dedicated work, and almost a week of recuperation I am delighted to be able to report (and show in a photo below) that this colour ringed gull (which the GSPCA staff have christened “Lady Ga-Ga”) was able to be released. More information on the story is available on the GSPCA’S web site link

As ever my sincere thanks to the hard-working staff at the GSPCA who do so much to help rehabilitate sick and injured birds so that they can be returned to the wild. I hope LBBG Black 9AA8 is now back in its breeding rhythm. Wouldn’t it be great for this bird to rear chicks this year, after its lucky escape?!

 LBBG Black 9AA8 cleaned and ready to go
 What a great moment - worth all the hard work of rehabilitation!

All photos (c) GSPCA

1 comment:

  1. Excellent work with the gull!

    I actually work in a Wildlife Recovery Center in Olhão (Algarve, Portugal) and we receive a lot with gulls due to its proximity to the sea.

    Once in a while some seabirds (gannets, seagulls, ...) arrive covered with oil (from boats) and their recovery takes always some time!

    The Wildlife Recovery Center is called RIAS and we have a blog where we report all our recoveries: (only in portuguese, sorry)

    Best regards
    Tiago Ventura