We have been looking after an injured young swallow that we found on the 23rd August – we have had it for a week now.
We found it on the ground with an apparently broken wing. Amazingly, it made no attempt to get away and allowed us to pick it up.
We decided to look after it, rather than allow it to end up the meal of a cat or fox or such like. We now have it in a canary cage and are feeding it live and dried mealworms, flies etc.
We are trying to teach it to help itself to food and water! We are are considering ways of maintaining a live food supply throughout the winter.
We will also have to make sure it is kept warm but we do not know what an appropriate temperature range would be.
It is really cute but we are saddened by the fact it is on its own. Is it possible to get hold of another (injured?) swallow from somewhere to keep it company.
How can we find out if ours is a make or female?
I received the above comment. Does anyone have a detailed knowledge of swallows?
Temperature – I have found out that Swallows follow a 48 degree isotherm (an isotherm is a line on a map connecting same monthly temperature). I don’t know if that helps. Will see if I can find out more.
The temperature will be important, but in Summer in England you do get cold, wet weather as well as warm weather. Swallows migrate when the food supply here becomes non existant. Your little swallow has food, warmth, water and care.
I will try and see if anyone else is looking after an injured swallow. Perhaps you could put it near a window where it could see other birds. Or put a recording on of birds singing.
Maybe it doesn’t matter if you know if it is male or female
I have only just received this comment ten minutes ago. I’m sorry you have had difficulty posting this question on Bird Table News. I’ll look into the reason why.
I have put your questions on a birding group that I belong to on Twitter. I have also put it on a Bird Forum I belong to.
I would like to thank you for taking the time to care for it. I hope you succeed. I’m sure you’ll connect with the swallow and be prepared to look after it all winter. I will research and see what else I can find.
Please keep me in touch with how you are getting on.
I know I haven’t answered all your questions but wanted to get this problem onto Bird Table News so that other people can help.