Falcon, Gordonton

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David Riddell
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Falcon, Gordonton

Postby David Riddell » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:40 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.
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Re: Falcon, Gordonton

Postby David Riddell » Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:05 pm

My cousin tells me the falcon hasn't been seen since that day (August 6th), but sitting at my computer just now (about 500m from my cousin's place) I heard what I'm pretty sure was a falcon calling outside, probably flying over - Annette heard it too and agrees. Another species for the garden list!

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