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, 18 February 2019

Have you seen missing bird of prey?

2 hrs ago

Missing goshawk

THE search is on to find a missing bird of prey.

The bird, a goshawk, flew out of its aviary on Saturday morning, in the Dursley area.

It is a rare and distinctive bird of prey and has bells attached, which anyone nearby will be able to hear.

Owner Robert Strange said: "They tend not to fly into the wind, but go with the wind direction instead, so I'm guessing he'll be around the lower Cam area, or Coaley, or Slimbridge.

"But it is the end of the season, so he's extremely fit and could have gone further. I don't think he'll cross the River Severn though.

"He's quite distinctive looking. He's grey, with a long tail - about 150 to 200 cms, so not like a buzzard, which are short-tailed.

"His shape is the same as a sparrow hawk, only larger.

"The sound of the bells will be the biggest giveaway. You should be able to hear them from 150 to 250 yards away.

"As soon as we get a location, it'll be easy getting him down.

"Any information would be greatly appreciated."

Call Robert on 07814 764138.

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