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.

Friday, 28 June 2019

Rare bird's life saved after eagle-eyed staff spot it being mobbed by crows

Peregrine falcon fledgling rescued in Huddersfield town centre
16:40, 18 JUN 2019
A fledgling Peregrine Falcon is lucky to be alive after it was found being attacked by crows in Huddersfield town centre.
The bird was found in a Northumberland Street car park today (Mon) by a member of staff being mobbed by crows.
Roger Underwood, director of insurance brokers, Eastwood & Partners Ltd, said: "These are very rare birds which have only recently started to nest in town centres.
"We have had it rescued and arranged for it to be rehabilitated."
The falcon may be the same one which Grahame Andrews, of Bosuns Brewery, Huddersfield, discovered recently.
A wildlife enthusiast, he said: "I spotted it being fed at an old mill by its parents. It was making a right racket, you've never heard a noise quite like it.
"I hope they breed successfully and come back next year."
Peregrines are renowned for their incredible speed making the species the fastest bird in the world and capable of reaching 200mph when they dive onto their hapless prey.
However, there are only 1,500 pairs in the UK and their numbers reached a low point in the 1960s due to human persecution and the impact of pesticides in the food chain.
However, since those dark days improved legislation and protection has helped the birds to recover and they are now seen occasionally in many urban areas.
Sadly, they are still persecuted with birds being illegally killed to prevent predation on game birds and racing pigeons.
In addition their eggs and chicks are taken for collections and falconry.
They feed on medium-sized birds, such as pigeons and small ducks.

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