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Video: Andy BUZZ-ing over his successful rescue mission

Whilst out delivering newspapers to various outlets throughout the Wolds a fortnight ago, Driffield & Wolds Weekly editor, Andy Stabler, came to the aid of a buzzard that lay stricken on the main road into Wetwang having collided with a van.

Little did Andy realise that his encounter with the bird of prey would lead to a wonderful whirlwind journey that saw him release ‘Buzz’, as he was affectionately named, back into the wild having been nurtured back to full health by the staff at the Bridlington Birds Of Prey & Animal Centre.

Being a keen nature enthusiast, Andy often stops his vehicle to look at the amazing wildlife we are lucky to have in the area and, after witnessing the incident, felt it was his duty to look after the dazed bird and ensure it had the best possible chance of surviving.

“I found the buzzard on Tuesday 9th May whilst I was out delivering the latest issue of the Driffield & Wolds Weekly to all the outlets,” explained Andy.

“As I was driving into Wetwang, I saw a van on the other side of the road hit the buzzard so I stopped at the side of the road to check that it was still alive.

“Having walked across and picked up the bird, I could see that although it had sustained an injury, it was still alive.

“I took it into the van with me and placed it in the foot well until I arrived at my sister’s house in Garton where I kept it safe in a polytunnel until I had finished the rest of the deliveries.”

Upon returning to his sister’s house, Andy discovered that, although ‘Buzz’s’ condition had improved slightly, it was still a priority to find someone who could treat him if he was to return to his natural habitat and survive.

Driffield & Wolds Weekly editor Andy Stabler

“When I returned to my sister’s later that morning, Buzz was still quite dazed so I thought the best thing to do was to carefully put him in a box and take it to Nick Jones at Bridge Street Vets.

“Nick took a look, but having never treated a buzzard before, he wasn’t 100 per cent certain as to what the injury was, so he advised me to take Buzz to a local sanctuary. This was when I thought of the Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park.”

Based in Carnaby, the Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park is an award-winning family-owned business that houses birds such as hawks, falcons and owls alongside animals including donkeys, alpacas, wallabies, meerkats, racoons and pigs.

After Andy contacted him, the park’s director Paul Woodward, agreed to house the buzzard in an aviary, where they treated the injury in the hope of releasing the bird once fully recovered.

Paul Woodward of Park Rose Animal Park, Bridlington With Andy Stabler

“We looked at the bird and discovered that it had suffered a broken beak, specifically in the cere which is at the top of the beak,” Paul told the Wolds Weekly.

“Basically, we put some antiseptic on the affected area to help heal it and some fast-drying glue at the top of its beak to seal the fracture and then filed it off.

“The next stage was to feed the bird up, which is the most important part of the recovery process. During the week, the bird ate plenty of rabbits and rats so we made sure that it had a full belly.”

Park Rose Animal Park, Bridlington

After a week of phone calls checking on Buzz’s welfare, Andy decided to take a trip to the park last Tuesday (16th May) to find out if it was time to release him. There was an initial feeling of disappointment when Paul said that the weather conditions were unsuitable for the release but having revaluated the situation, it was all systems go for Andy to say farewell to ‘Buzz’.

“The wind died down whilst Andy was at the park, so I decided that we could release the buzzard upwind so that it would travel with the breeze,” said Paul.

“The area it was released into is full of rabbits, which is a buzzard’s staple food.”

TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! – Driffield & Wolds Weekly editor Andy Stabler releases ‘Buzz’ back into the wild.

The signs didn’t look too good when after Andy released the latch on Buzz’s box, it looked like it had decided he wanted to stay in his new-found home. However, following a change to a hand release, the job of returning ‘Buzz’ to the wild was complete as he soared off into the distant trees, leaving Andy feeling satisfied with a job well done.

“The feeling I had after releasing the buzzard was brilliant. I didn’t think it would fly off as well as it did,” he said.

“There was perch around 20 or 30 yards away from us, where I thought that it would perhaps land on but it looked in great health as it flew away. I’m really pleased to see it go.”

Park Rose Animal Park, Bridlington

Paul was also pleased with the release and said that he hoped ‘Buzz’ would stay in the area in the days after.

“It was a really good, successful release. The bird did what we wanted it to do – go with the wind – which was absolutely fantastic,” Paul said.

“Hopefully, it will stick around as like I said, there are loads of rabbits here.

“However, during the first couple of days, we usually put a few rats out in case the bird is struggling with the weather conditions to ensure it has some food. It should have no problem finding the rats – they have eyes like a hawk!”

Andy and all the staff at the Driffield & Wolds Weekly would like to express their thanks to all at the Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park for their assistance and expertise and also Nick Jones at Bridge Street Vets for his advice.

Billy the goat keeps an eye on the release

• The Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park is open seven days a week (except Christmas Day) from 10am5pm with the last admission at 4pm.

Admission prices are as follows: Adults (16-59 years) £4.95, Children (3-15 years) £4, Senior Citizens (60+) £4.50, Family Ticket £16 (based on two adults and two children), 2 years and under go free.

The park is located at the rear of Park Rose Village. Follow the signs for Animal Park.

Website : Bridlington Birds of Prey & Animal Park

Paul Woodward (director) with Richelle Parkes (park keeper) with residents Ronnie the barn owl and Tau the boobook.

• The buzzard is the commonest and most widespread bird of prey in the UK with between 57,000 and 79,000 pairs, with their greatest number in Scotland, Wales, the Lake District and south west England.

They are large with broad, rounded wings and a short neck and tail and vary in colour from dark brown to much paler variations, whilst all have dark wingtips and a finely barred tail. Their mewing call can often be mistaken for a cat.

They can be seen all year round and are mainly found in arable, woodland, moorland, scrub, pasture, marsh bog and village habitats but have often been seen in towns and cities. They feed on small mammals, birds and carrion and earthworms and large insects when other prey is unavailable[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gmaps link=”#E-8_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”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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