As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Rare bird named Wendy is rescued after two-week escapade

By WMNAGreenwood | Posted: April 09, 2017

By Herald Reporter

A rare bird of prey which escaped from Dartmoor Zoo is now safely settling into a new home after escaping during a training session.

Wendy, the nine-year-old striated caracara, gave keepers the slip almost two weeks ago at Dartmoor Zoo.

Falconer David Buncle, Wendy’s handler, thinks she was disorientated by high winds during her routine training session.

“It seems the weather conditions were enough to temporarily confuse her,” says Buncle. “But coupled with a generally curious disposition and a full belly it seems she decided to make the most of it.”

During her 14 day adventure, Herald readers kept David informed of her whereabouts with various sightings in nearby Sparkwell, Venton and later in Ugborough some 10 miles away where she was eventually recovered.

After being spotted by a member of the public, local bird expert Steve Hopper was called in. With a little effort Wendy was eventually persuaded to jump into the back of his vehicle for a safe drive back to David.

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