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.

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Pigeon fancier fined after killing sparrowhawk


A pigeon fancier has been fined after killing a Eurasian Sparrowhawk with an air rifle.

Duncan Cowan, from Cowie in Stirlingshire, was ordered to cough up £450 at Stirling Sheriff Court as a result of the incident. On 18 April 2019, the raptor was spotted predating a pigeon in a field next to the 60-year-old's garden.

He was seen coming out of his shed with an air rifle before firing at the bird three or four times. Police were called before the Scottish SPCA took the injured sparrowhawk, which had lost a lot of blood, to their wildlife centre for treatment on a chest wound.

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