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- David Riddell
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- Joined: Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:46 pm
Just had a call from my cousin who lives up the road in Woodlands Rd, Gordonton (about 2km from Gordonton Rd), who said he had a falcon in his garden. Went up and had a look and sure enough, it was perched quietly, surveying the scene. After about 20 minutes it swooped down on to a nearby paddock where my cousin had spread some seed, in what looked like an unsuccessful hunting attempt - the view was obscured by a hedge - and then flew up into another tree, apparently empty-footed. My cousin says it's been there about 10 days, and that when it first appeared it had a length of blue and red cord or rope dangling from its leg, though it soon managed to free itself from this. I suspect this was just a bit of rubbish it had got tangled up in, but have contacted Wingspan Trust in case it could have been a tether (jess?) attached by a falconer.