The Adeje council through the department of the environment under councillor Esther Rivero, are reminding the public that this is the time of the year when a large number of young birds are taking their first flight over the sea. Many of the young Cory Shearwaters can become disoriented and can fly off their path towards the sea and fall to earth. This year’s campaign is dated for this time of the month as the new moon affects the flights of the chicks.
The councillor noted that “Adeje has a large Cory Shearwater population given the amount of ravines and mountains in the borough, and in fact it is one of the better places for their observation and conservation.”
There is a protocol to follow if you find one of these young Cory’s Shearwaters lost or injured – call 112 or 922 445 777 (9am – 11pm) and tell them where exactly the bird is. The second number is that of Centro de Recuperación de Fauna Silvestre, and they will send one someone trained in dealing with these young lost birds.
While it is not advised, if you need to pick up the bird before the authorities arrive do so with extreme caution as their beaks are sharp and strong, so use of gloves and a towel is advised. Once you have picked up the bird, place it in a box with air holes and keep it in a safe quiet place. Do not constrict the bird’s wings, and don’t give the bird food or liquid.
Given the high Shearwater population in Adeje, the councillor says this campaign this year can also be seen as a good tool to teach the local population more about this species who also live in our borough. “We can learn to know, admire, value and care for these ‘Adeje birds’, birds that play an essential part in our environmental balance”, she added.
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