Kestrel chick rescued after lorry knocks it out of nest

This adorable kestrel chick was rescued in West Yorkshire after being knocked out of its nest.

The chick, which has been taken to Meltham[1] Wildlife Rescue, was found grounded and unable to fly after being knocked out of its nest by a lorry.

With no sign of mum or dad nearby, rescuers made the decision to take the little chick to wildlife rehabbers who will look after it until it is ready to be re-released into the wild.

PC Caroline Newsome from West Yorkshire Police[2]‘s wildlife crime unit, who took the chick to Metlham Wildlife Rescue, told Yorkshire Live: “The kestrel’s nest had been disturbed/damaged when a wagon has caught a power cable, attached to an old building, exactly where the nest was situated.

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“The kestrel chick will stay at Meltham for a week, monitoring its health and feeding – he/she gulped down half a chick last night, so has a good appetite! – before heading up to Knoxwood wildlife rescue, where they have bigger aviary facilities.”

PC Newsome said that the plan will be to keep the kestrel ‘wild’ in captivity until it is ready to be released, which will probably be in the autumn.

With the bird nesting season upon us, PC Newsome has urged anyone who finds a chick in this situation to consult with a rescue centre before intervening – unless there is an obvious danger.

There is also more information about what to do if you find an injured bird on the RSPB website[4].

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References

  1. ^ Meltham (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  2. ^ West Yorkshire Police (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
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  4. ^ RSPB website (www.rspb.org.uk)
  5. ^ YorkshireLive app (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
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