I found a very grumpy Harris Hawk hanging upside down from a barbed wire fence when I took the dogs out first thing this morning.
It was quite exciting disentangling it from the fence – we had to cut the jesses off in the end – but the hawk didn't seem too much the worse for wear.
It sat on a stump in our garden looking a bit sorry for itself but perked up considerably when I offered it some slivers of steak – straight on to my hand demanding to be fed.
She is now happily reunited with Mike, her owner – she'd been on the run for a week!
Good to have a happy ending.
In case you missed it, below is yesterday's story by Peter Hooper. Mike the owner was immediately in contact with AudlemOnline and we put him in touch with Peter Hooper:
Beautiful Harris Hawk in our garden all day yesterday – complete with jesses and bells.
I've seen someone flying one in Kinsey Heath – has anybody reported one missing?
Our local buzzards not keen – chased it off once.
AudlemOnline adds: (Update) We have been contacted by the local owner of a missing Harris Hawk. If you see the hawk please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Harris Hawk is a medium-large bird of prey, common in the south western United States south to Chile and Argentina.
They are sometimes reported in Britain, but as it is a popular species in falconry, as this bird in Coxbank is clearly, any local sighting will be a bird that has escaped from captivity.
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