Success story

Many birds admitted during the last few weeks but this little story is particularly heartwarming.

This Thrush nestling was admitted after the nest was destroyed and his siblings killed. On arrival he was not very responsive. He was not gaping and had his eyes closed most of the time. I had him in an incubator and was having to force feed him. He was not enthusiastic about food and was very lethargic. It was not known if he had any internal injuries or trauma due to the fall from his nest.

His condition remained the same for five days and his prognosis did not look promising.

Then a nestling Robin was admitted after being caught by a cat. I treated this little one and then had a thought that maybe I could put the Robin baby in with the Thrush baby to see if they could give each other some sort of comfort. I felt, at that stage, there was nothing to lose.

The first day there was no change. Both not responsive and both needing force feeding. Then, just 24 hours later, Bingo !!! Both of them were gaping for food and vocal.

This was the turning point. The Robin survived the cat attack and the Thrush started to thrive. The became best buddies as you can see in the photo’s. They are now well on their way to be released. Delighted for them. ¨



Some of the latest casualties.

This little Robin was found stunned and unresponsive with a neck injury.  He was put into a heated hospital cage and I put a lightweight neck brace on him to keep his neck aligned in the correct position. After 24 hours he was standing and picking at food.  After a further few days I removed the neck brace and he was able to hold his head in a normal position.  When he was transferred to an aviary to test his strength he was flying strongly and was able to be released.


The following birds were bought in with various injuries and were treated, rehabilitated and then successfully released.




Female Chaffinch:


Male Chaffinch:

2 Pidgeons:


2 Birds with serious injuries are receiving ongoing treatment.  Blackbird and Hooded Crow.

Our little therapy budgie, chatterbox is being a good boy giving a group of intellectually disabled a few hours of fun on his visits to them.

A Merry Christmas to friends old and new.



We would like to wish all our friends and supporters of the sanctuary a very Happy Christmas and every good wish for the New Year.

It is your support that enables the sanctuary to keep running and each and every contribution is greatly appreciated.

Greetings also from Dakota, Autumn and our little therapy bird, Chatterbox.  They all have their work to do and carrying out their different tasks helps birds and humans alike.




Latest Casualties

Abandoned babies that have been hand reared and successfully released and injured ones that have been rehabilitated and released.

Alex the Budgie

I would like to tell you a story about a little Budgie that was bought for a young boy from a pet store. His parents assumed the Budgie was a young healthy bird, suitable as a companion for their son. They had only had him three days when he became ill. They took him to Susie, who is the Sanctuary Vet. Susie rang me to say the Budgie, who they had named Alex, was in fact an old bird and was unresponsive and actually moribund when she examined him.
Susie suggested they bring him to me to see if anything could be done but she did not think he would survive. When the family arrived and I took a look at Alex, I too felt he was near death. He was on his side and still unresponsive.
I had a heated hospital cage prepared for him and made him comfortable. After tending to other birds I returned to check on him, not expecting him to still be alive. He was and was also trying to move. The warmth had revived a little energy. I decided to give him a little intensive care formula and gently moved his little legs to aid circulation and see what, if any, response I could see. His right side was very weak and everything was suggesting he had suffered a stroke.
To my amazement Alex survived the night and was trying very hard to move. I was keeping him hydrated and nourished with the formula and gently encouraging movement in his legs.
I was spending every spare minute talking to him because Budgies are flock birds and do not like being on their own. Alex spent a great deal of time sleeping and everything was a real struggle for him.
After eight days Alex was able to move about. He could not perch and when not moving he laid flat. He was still very weak.
Gradually Alex grew stronger and made a big step forward when he started to perch in an upright normal position. I introduced another gentle Budgie named Bobbie and they are now inseparable.
One morning whilst I was cleaning out their cage, Alex had another stroke. It was not as major as his first one but he could not balance for a day. The following day he regained his grip and appeared to have suffered no other adverse affects.
Since then Alex has gone from strength to strength and now enjoys playing with toys and is such a cheerful little chap.
The chance of him suffering another stroke is quite high but each day is a bonus and with a good varied diet, plenty of stimulation and the company of the new love of his life, may he continue to thrive.
(Pic below) Alex on arrival, moribund, unresponsive
(Pic below) 6 weeks later, beak trimmed to normal shape and good weight gain.
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(Pic below) Happy chap!!
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A Christmas Message

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Wishing you all a happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year from Myself & my team of helpers, Dakota, Nugget and Autumn.

Special thanks to everyone that has supported me during the year, Amparo, Niamh, Melanie, Louise, Nuala, John and Carol.

Many thanks to Jo & Stuart at Lough Bo Kennels for donating €100 instead of sending Christmas cards to their clients and to Kate for selling her bird photographs to raise €100.


Annual Fundraiser

I held a fundraiser on October 9th at the Teeling Centre in Collooney, which John very kindly let us use without charge as his contribution to the sanctuary.

We had a very special guest, Pauline McGlynn who you will know as ‘Mrs Doyle’ in Father Ted.  Pauline did a hen agility course with Nugget the hen fro the sanctuary.

Two friends worked with their dogs, Sheila did a fashion parade with her dog Kim and Brenda worked with her dogs, Cadeau & Pip, I worked with Dakota and Autumn.

I would like to say a special Thank you to Sheila and Brenda for the work they did during the weeks prior to the show.

A huge Thank you to Mary for spending countless hours baking her wonderful cakes and for providing everyone with refreshments on the day.

Special thanks to my son Derek & Catherine for their help on the day and a huge Thank you to Derek for sorting out a technical problem on the day and for providing the music for the acts.

A big Thank you to Darren and Suzie, the sanctuary vets for their contribution from their stall and their continued care of the birds.

Many thanks to Shane and Clare who helped behind the scenes looking after Dakota, Autumn and Nugget.

Thank you to Lonely and Ciaran for their great help on the day and last but not least Thank you to everyone that came along to support us, you raised an amazing €721.60.

See you all next year!!

Recent Arrivals

Recent arrivals that have been successfully rehabilitated and released.

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Fledging Dunnock that was attacked by a cat.


10 Housemartin fledgings that were brought in after their nests were destroyed by sparrows.


2 Flycatchers that came in at first a few hours old after their nest and other nestlings were attacked by a cat.


Mallard duck with a neck injury.


Starling fledgling that was attacked by a cat.


Juvenile crow that was hit by a car.


Starling juvenile that was attacked by a cat.

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Robin fledgling that was attacked by a cat.


Mistle thrush fledgling attacked by a cat.


 Nestling crow that fell or was kicked out of nest because he was very ill with respiratory problems.  He is still being hand reared.

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One happy chap!! : )


Blackbird fledgling that was attacked by a cat.


Very demanding!!


A hooded crow that spent the last 7 years confined in a small room in a house with no contact apart from a mouse for company, he now has a new lease of life.


Thrush with multiple bits from a cat.

Male Mallard Duck

A male Mallard duck was brought in after being found at the side of a riverbank with injuries to both eyes and the surrounding area.

The left eye is also very cloudy apart from the surrounding injured area.


The right eye a few days after treatment


Area around the left eye has now healed but it would seem there is little, if any, vision in this eye.


Very sore left eye on admission. This little chap is fully recovered and can go back courting the ladies

Condor – The Sparrow


Condor, the sparrow that was brought in as a nestling became the cheekiest bird I have ever known.  When I released him I felt he would be delighted to be free to fly in the wild.

Condor, however, had other ideas he returned every afternoon for his tea and roosted in a shed attached to an aviary.  That was his routine all through the winter until a few days ago he failed to return one afternoon.

I have not seen him since but there is a female sparrow regularly visiting the feeding station.

It may well be that she has a nest and has laid eggs because the males guard the nest.

I don’t see too many sparrows here so am really hoping that is what is happening with him.  I miss seeing him around because he is such a character.