I have found an oiled bird. What shall I do?
Do the same as recommended for any other injured bird. Don’t wash or clean the bird as the animal will need to be treated for poisoning and has to be stabilised first. Washing or cleaning a bird is very stressful and the oiled plumage is the least of the problems the bird is suffering in that very moment. Please be careful, if you attempt to catch an injured seabird or heron, as they have very sharp beaks and flexible necks. Keep them away from your face and eyes. The oiled bird should not be transported in an enclosed container, but in a well ventilated carrier, as the fumes of the oil will cause severe irreversible damage to the respiratory system.