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, 11 August 2013

Kestrel chicks rescued from nest robber in Wolverhampton churchyard

Kestrel chicks were rescued by a specialist wildlife police officer from the clutches of a bird poaching suspect who'd taken them from a Wolverhampton church-top nest.

July 2013. Police, who were called to reports of metal thieves attacking the roof of St Mary's Church, Bushbury, were shocked to find not lead but four baby birds of prey stuffed inside a bag in the foot-well of a car parked on site.

Fledged
Wolverhampton response officers had the chicks taken to an RSPCA shelter following the find - in the early hours of June 19 - before locating the nest some 50ft off the ground. With the help of ladders supplied by Green Watch, of Fallings Park Fire Service, officers returned the chicks to their home later that afternoon - and five weeks later PC Chris Watson, who was one of the first officers on the scene, was thrilled to watch the fledged birds fly the nest.

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