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Rare captive American hawk found in garden

An American Ferruginous hawk like this one was found in a Holbeach garden on December 31. Pictured is one of Mr Duncalfs female hawks of the same species.

An American Ferruginous hawk like this one was found in a Holbeach garden on December 31. Pictured is one of Mr Duncalfs female hawks of the same species.

Are you keeping your eagle eye open for a lost pet American Ferruginous hawk?

The large male bird was found in a garden in the Holbeach area on New Year’s Eve and believed to have escaped from an aviary in the South Lincolnshire area.

It attacked a small dog in the garden when it was approached, leaving the dog with some scratches.

Raptor rescuer George Duncalf, from Fenlands Bird of Prey Rescue near Wisbech, where the bird is currently being cared for, said: “These hawks don’t normally attack small pets, but I think it was cornered and defending itself.

“It’s not an indiginous bird to this country so you don’t often find people keeping them – and it’s much bigger than our native buzzard.”

Mr Duncalf, who has looked after rescued birds of prey for more than 20 years, said the creature has two minor injuries, a scratch to one wing and a small injury to the top of its beak.

He added: “I think it’s likely the bird’s aviary was damaged in the bad weather and it got out.”

He is now keen to trace the owner, and said the hawk can be identified by its two numbered breeding rings.

If you think the bird is yours call 01945 581682 or 07855 206765.

 

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