Monday, November 14, 2016

Wrecked seabird. No corpse available.

A seabird thought to be Manx Shearwater was picked up alive outside Walsden on 2nd November, along Rochdale Road towards Summit.

The finder took it to Hirds Vets near there where they tried to feed it on fish.

Halifax branch of Hirds vet passed it on to the Creature Comforts animal-aid man, but despite his best efforts at rehabiltation, it died. I persuaded him to dig it up from where he had buried it but he couldn't find it.

Last record I can find is one in 1962 found exhausted at Causeway Foot and later released at Ogden Reservoir.

There are several old records before this.


Brian Sumner . said...

I remember being shown a photograph of the 1962 Manx by Clifford Lees when we joined in 1964.
I have a 1965 HSS report by Irvine Morley with 5 earlier reports going back to 1860.
Interesting stuff Steve.

David Sutcliffe said...

What a shame not to have a positive identification Steve - shame no photograph (?)

Steve Blacksmith said...

No Dave, inconceivable (to us) no-one took a photograph!

Brian Sumner . said...

Would it be on the vets security cameras inside the building.