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OK, so it's not really a pterodactyl, but it's probably the next best thing: Our 'resident' Heron.

We've had lots of sightings over the years of visiting Herons, but (as usual) we've never had a camera to hand when we needed it most. But today was the day when we finally captured an image of this magnificent bird and we can add it to our official 'resident wildlife list'.

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On our way home today from a rare day out, I spotted what looked like an injured bird of prey on the side of Bacup Road. After turning around to get a second look, we found that the bird had made it across to the other side of the road, but was dragging one wing along the ground. It looked very similar to one we have seen around Woodlands View but have never been able to make a clear identification of.

We were then faced with a dilemma. Should we attempt to rescue the bird, or leave it to its own devices in the hope that it would recover? We know that sometimes, trying to intervene can do more harm than good. After a call to a friend to see if he could provide us with the number for a local animal rescue or similar, we finally got advice from a local vetinary surgery who said they would examine the bird if we could get it to them.

We managed a capture with minimal fuss and little distress to the bird itself (and all fingers intact) and we hoped that the injury would not be too severe. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a broken wing with the break so high up that there was no chance of a recovery. It would not be able to fend for itself and would die from starvation or predation if left in the wild. The only chance it would have would be if it could be permanently cared for, but alas, there was nobody who was able to take it in.

The bird would be euthanized, this being the "kindest" option in the long run. Although this was not what we were hoping for, it is not about how good we feel about ourselves as the result of our actions. Ultimately the bird would have suffered and died a slow death if left on it's own.

On a positive note, we were able to get a photograph before we captured it and it was identified as a female kestrel. If it was brooding chicks, then it's partner would take over and provide for them while they fledge. There is plenty of food for them around Woodlands View as they feed mainly on small mammals such as voles, and other small birds.

 

 

 

 

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