A stranded European Golden Plover has been rescued from a garden in Porthcawl, Glamorgan, by the RSPCA.
The harsh conditions brought in by the ‘Beast for the East’ saw some large bird movements as winter visitors attempted to avoid the snow and ice, as well as gardens hosting some less expected visitors. Among the numbers of Eurasian Woodcock and Common Snipe marooned in unusually domestic circumstances, was also a European Golden Plover in a garden in the Porthcawl area of south Wales.
The bird was found unable to fly away in a back garden and was rescued by the animal welfare charity RSPCA for rehabilitation. Residents spotted the bird, which was walking around a garden for approximately four days; it had made no attempt to fly away or even lift its wings. The RSPCA was alerted to the bird’s situation and collected it, finding it to be severely underweight and only able to run and fly a very short distance. However, officers noticed the bird had a dirty beak, indicating that attempts had been made by it to forage.